Suggestions of Abuse

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Allegations of sexual abuse, particularly those based on the recovery of supposed "repressed memories" of abuse, have reached incredible proportions. The result has been devastation for many. Why is this happening? Alarmed by the statistics, Dr. Michael Yapko - a clinical psychologist with nearly two decades of experience in working with individuals and families involved with issues of abuse - decided to investigate. This timely book reveals how and why a startling number of mental health professionals, ignorant ...
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Overview

Allegations of sexual abuse, particularly those based on the recovery of supposed "repressed memories" of abuse, have reached incredible proportions. The result has been devastation for many. Why is this happening? Alarmed by the statistics, Dr. Michael Yapko - a clinical psychologist with nearly two decades of experience in working with individuals and families involved with issues of abuse - decided to investigate. This timely book reveals how and why a startling number of mental health professionals, ignorant about suggestibility and the workings of memory, are unwittingly leading their patients to believe that they are victims of sexual abuse that has been entirely repressed. In plain language, Dr. Yapko explains what we know - and don't know - about memory, repression, and suggestibility. He also offers sensitive, realistic advice for individuals and families whose lives have been damaged by questionable accusations, and for those who suspect they have been falsely led to believe they were abused. Dr. Yapko's revelatory and compassionate book - the first to address seriously the complex and volatile subject of false memory and sexual abuse - offers invaluable insight and guidance to anyone who has been affected, personally or professionally, by this painful issue.

Memory in perspective/how can you be sure?/shattered lives/ therapy that hurts & therapy that helps/suggested realities.

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Finally, a work of popular psychology whose purpose is not to convince readers that they are victims but to illuminate one of the most fascinating and distressing occurrences in recent years-the increase in sexual abuse accusations resulting from the recollection of repressed memories. While clinical psychologist Yapko asserts that memories of horrible events can indeed be repressed, so little is understood about both memory and the mind's receptivity to suggestion that it can be virtually impossible to distinguish genuine memories from false ones. In some instances, therapists are able to convince susceptible clients that they are victims of sexual abuse that may have never occurred. This book is recommended for all public libraries, and while it is not scholarly in the strictest sense, it would not be an inappropriate purchase for academic libraries.-Jennifer Amador, Central State Hosp. Medical Lib., Petersburg, Va.
Mary Carroll
Clinical psychologist and therapist Yapko, author of several books on clinical hypnosis and on treatment of depression, attempts to define the issues at the core of the intense public and professional controversy over the authenticity of memories of childhood sexual abuse that develop in the course of therapy. Based on questionnaires on attitudes toward memory and hypnosis to which more than 850 professionals responded, Yapko argues that a significant number of therapists genuinely do not understand how memory functions (it's not a computer) or just what hypnosis can--and cannot--accomplish. "Suggestions of Abuse" then summarizes research on memory, repression, suggestibility, and the consequences of false accusations of abuse, counseling both professionals and patients to recognize the potential for distortion and confabulation and the creation of firmly believed false memories when therapists impose their own agendas on the process. A useful corrective to the sometimes hysterical pop-psychology generalizations on this troubling subject.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671874315
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 5/12/1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 271
  • Product dimensions: 6.45 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 15
Ch. 1 Into the Light 23
Ch. 2 Therapists Reveal Their Attitudes about Memories and Suggestions of Abuse 42
Ch. 3 Memory in Perspective 62
Ch. 4 Suggested Realities 92
Ch. 5 Suggested Memories of Abuse 112
Ch. 6 Why Believe It If It Isn't True? 129
Ch. 7 How Can You Be Sure? 155
Ch. 8 Shattered Lives 177
Ch. 9 Therapy That Hurts and Therapy That Helps 197
Ch. 10 The Memories of Your Future 219
Appendix A: Demographic Data Describing Therapist Respondents 229
Appendix B: Data Frequencies and Averages for the Memory Attitude Questionnaire 231
Appendix C: Data Frequencies and Averages for the Hypnosis Attitude Questionnaire 234
Notes 237
Bibliography 249
Index 263
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