Truth in Memory

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Steven J. Lynn, Kevin M. McConkey
Guilford Press, 1998 - Psychology - 508 pages
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How accurate is memory? Are there important differences in how and what we remember across the life span? What is the prevalence of "repressed memory" for traumatic events? What is the best way for therapists to elicit accurate memories from someone who may be a victim of incest?
This book addresses these and other compelling questions reflecting deep divisions in scientific opinion, professional practice, and legal decision making. Leading researchers and practitioners review the current literature, describe new findings and clinical techniques, and draw upon their extensive experience in the field to provide diverse perspectives on the place of memory in our lives and the impact upon memory of personal, interpersonal, and situational influences. This volume will be of interest to professionals, researchers, and students in clinical, cognitive, and social psychology, psychiatry, mental health law, and related fields.
  

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This is a really sensitively written book.
It is exactly about what many suffering people are probably going through and many mentally ill and unfortunate people have secretly been going through
- and being forced to fight every day of their lives.
If only this kind of thing was publicised more then this secret tyranny of abusers and torturers would come to an end as they realize everyone knows their game and the way they get away with things is over.
I personally have endured for many years the exhausting and soul destroying natures of these attacks, and feel that the behaviour of these "memory criminals" is the chief reason behind many of the acts of violence and murders that go on. I am still struggling to crack the issue myself- who is controlling me and why everthing keeps going wrong. It is still beating me- and badly- but hopefully this book will shed some light on the situation.
 

Contents

Exhumed Memory
3
Caveat Emptor
32
EARLY AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL MEMORIES
107
Age Regression and the Creation of
137
ffl SUGGESTION AND SUGGESTIBILITY
161
Maximizing Completeness
190
RESEARCH
225
Repressed Memories of Ritualistic and ReligionRelated
260
Reflections on the Traumatic Memories of Dissociative
304
From Memories of Abuse to the Abuse of Memories
323
FALSE MEMORIES IN THE DOMAINS
347
Source Bias and
372
Recovered Memories in the Courtroom
394
A Parsimonious
437
Practical Truths in Memory
464
Depolarizing Views on Recovered Memory Experiences
481

Spurious Memories
284

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Steven Jay Lynn, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at the State University of New York at Binghamton. He is a former President of the American Psychological Association's Division of Psychological Hypnosis; and a Fellow in the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, and the Association for Applied and Preventive Psychology. Dr. Lynn is a consulting Editor of the Journal of Abnormal Psychology and has published more than 175 articles on memory, trauma, dissociation, and hypnosis.

Kevin M. McConkey, PhD, is Professor of Psychology and Head, School of Psychology, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. A graduate of the University of Queensland, he has held academic positions in Australia, Canada, and the United States. Professor McConkey is a Fellow and has served as President of the Australian Psychological Society

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