Myth of Repressed Memory: False Memories and Allegations of Sexual Abuse / Edition 1
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Myth of Repressed Memory: False Memories and Allegations of Sexual Abuse / Edition 1

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by Elizabeth Loftus, Katherine Ketcham
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0312141238

ISBN-13: 9780312141233

Pub. Date: 01/15/1996

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

According to many clinical psychologists, when the mind is forced to endure a horrifying experience, it has the ability to bury the entire memory of it so deeply within the unconscious that it can only be recalled in the form of a flashback triggered by a sight, a smell, or a sound. Indeed, therapists and lawyers have created an industry based on treating and

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According to many clinical psychologists, when the mind is forced to endure a horrifying experience, it has the ability to bury the entire memory of it so deeply within the unconscious that it can only be recalled in the form of a flashback triggered by a sight, a smell, or a sound. Indeed, therapists and lawyers have created an industry based on treating and litigating the cases of people who suddenly claim to have "recovered" memories of everything from child abuse to murder.

This book reveals that despite decades of research, there is absolutely no controlled scientific support for the idea that memories of trauma are routinely banished into the unconscious and then reliably recovered years later. Since it is not actually a legitimate psychological phenomenon, the idea of "recovered memory"--and the movement that has developed alongside it--is thus closer to a dangerous fad or trendy witch hunt.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312141233
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
01/15/1996
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
312
Sales rank:
357,116
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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Myth of Repressed Memory: False Memories and Allegations of Sexual Abuse 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its an okay book