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

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Overview

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.

 

Reveals that despite decades of research, there is no controlled scientific support for "repressed memories".

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Astute, scientifically informed, and compassionate towards the movement's casualties."—The New York Review of Books

"The descriptions [of] the 'therapeutic' practices by which memories are recovered are a frightening indictment of at least some members of the burgeoning industry."—The New York Times Book Review

"[A] thoughtful, scholarly book . . . concerned with exposing the damage caused by, and the falsity of, the practice of recovered-memory therapy."—The Washington Post Book World

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Presents several in-depth case studies of how families have been torn apart by child sexual abuse cases based on what Loftus (psychology, U. of Washington) considers the scientifically suspect concept of repressed memory. Drawing on her long experimental research into the nature of memory, she says it is not like video tape, storing images until they are replayed, but is a creative process related to dreams, creative writing, imagination, and wishful thinking. She accuses overzealous and ideological therapists of manipulating the memory of vulnerable women and creating a hysteria similar to the witch hunts. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Although the authors acknowledge that childhood sexual abuse is a serious problem, they challenge the notion of an epidemic based on so-called "recovered" memories.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312141233
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 1/15/1996
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 321,946
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Elizabeth Loftus, a professor of psychology at the University of Washington, is also the author of Witness for the Defense and Eyewitness Testimony.

Katherine Ketcham is also the co-author of Under the Influence, The Spirituality of Imperfection, Beyond the Influence, The Power of Empathy, and other books.

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    Posted December 29, 2013

    Okay

    Its an okay book

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