The Myth of Repressed Memory: False Memories and Allegations of Sexual Abuse

The Myth of Repressed Memory: False Memories and Allegations of Sexual Abuse

by Elizabeth Loftus, Katherine Ketcham

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781466848863
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 06/25/2013
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 689,520
File size: 508 KB

About 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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Myth of Repressed Memory: False Memories and Allegations of Sexual Abuse 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
simonson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you ever believed Orkney, Rochdale, McMartin Pre School, the West Memphis Case read this and try nad look at things from another point of view.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its an okay book