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Suggestions of Abuse

Suggestions of Abuse

by Michael D. Yapko

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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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Simon & Schuster
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