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Functional Peculiarities of Emotional Memory in the Structure of Diary Discourse

Ihnatieva Svitlana


Connection between the autobiographic memory with the emotional memory has been analyzed. Important features of diary discourse have been determined: focus on the information authenticity, subjectivity stipulated by the identity of the evaluation systems of both narrator and diarist as well as their structured spatiotemporal position. Imaginative “play” has been determined showing inconsistent, impulsive, and subconscious character of the recollection process formed by the flow of associations or generated by the method of thorough selection of the constituents reflected in a word. Emotions and feelings of a diarist with psychical processes are correlated. Their effect upon the diarist’s perception of the outward things has been determined as well as the ability to reflect the reality through his feelings that influences his memory. The diarist intimates his thoughts demonstrating his weak points – triggers; on the one hand, pressing the triggers irritates the diarist and even makes him suffer, on the other hand, the pressing favours the fact that the narrators keeps the triggers inside his mind feeling them for the whole life. The importance of objectness of feelings is emphasized being the reference to the situation provoking them. It has been determined that it is not the feelings themselves that makes up the memory content, but it is the emotionally coloured events that the diarist has experienced. It has been proved that the emotional memory forms autobiographic recollections representing them in the form of diary discourse as “flash of the experience”, “life in the past”. Random character of the emotional memory is considered to be its essential aspect in diary discourse as a person does not make any extra efforts or does not set any mnemic goal to remember certain life events.

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