Even Latin we would have to leave, symbolically speaking, in order to find the etymological origin of the word reminiscence that now concerns us. And it comes from "reminiscentia", which can be translated as the ability to recall things from the past. This word is made up of four distinct parts:
• The prefix "re-", which is equivalent to "backward".
• The noun "mens", which can be translated as "mind."
• The particle "-nt-", which indicates "agent".
• The suffix “-ia”, which is used to record a “quality”.
Reminiscence It is a concept that can be associated with evocations , memoirs or memories . A reminiscence is the mental representation of a situation, a fact or something else that took place in the past .
For example: “This aroma reminds me of my school days”, “I can't even have a reminiscence of those times”, "When I saw her enter the bar, a reminiscence pierced my mind and I felt young again".
In general, reminiscence is understood as an inaccurate image or a memory that the person Do not treasure clearly. A reminiscence is almost a trace or a trace of something that happened before.
We cannot ignore either that the term reminiscence is used within the field of psychology. In this case, it is used to refer to the improvement experienced by learning in a person because it has carried out a rest period.
Another possibility is to understand reminiscence as a influence . This meaning of the concept is linked to art , a field in which reminiscences appear when a creator shows, in his work, characteristics that resemble another: “In this picture, the work of the Dutch painter reflects reminiscences of Spanish Cubism”, "It's a record reminiscent of Frank Sinatra and Paul Anka", "I do not think that in the novel there are reminiscences of Borges, but something rather close to Sábato".
In the medical field, the word we are analyzing is also used. Thus, it is used to shape the concept of Reminiscence Therapy, which is carried out with people who are sick with Alzheimer's. Thanks to this proposal, those manage to remember experiences of their past in an absolutely natural way and with hardly any effort.
In the field of philosophy , reminiscence is a way of understanding the cognitive act . This theory was developed by Plato and associates knowledge with memory: for this Greek philosopher, the most universal knowledge is not accessible only by experience or empirical evidence. The soul of the human being, knowing, does not generate new information but "remember" something I already knew about the world of ideas, a stage prior to physical (material) life.
In the same way, it should be noted that within the scope of video games there is the character called Vanitas Reminiscence. He is, along with others, one of the most important chiefs of the so-called Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep. This is the sixth game of the well-known Kingdom Hearts saga and revolves around young bearers of a unique sword.