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

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Macmillan, Jan 15, 1996 - Psychology - 290 pages
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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.

 

  

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

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I am a fan of Dr. Loftus' research and find it fascinating. That said, this book was a mess. It was not well organized or written. There were some good insights and some good background, ie: how the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Zachary - Goodreads

I've known of Elizabeth Loftus and her research on memory for a long time and just finally got around to reading her work. I think there is a clear consensus now that the idea of repressed memories ... Read full review

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About the author (1996)

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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