Making monsters: false memories, psychotherapy, and sexual hysteria

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Charles Scribner's, 1994 - Health & Fitness - 340 pages
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In the last decade, reports of incest have exploded into the national consciousness. Magazines, talk shows, and mass market paperbacks have all jumped into the fray, as many Americans - primarily women - have come forward with graphic and true stories of sexual and psychological abuse. Many of these stories, however, have emerged from recovered memory therapy, a process by which the therapist leads the patient to recall long-buried memories. Now the Pulitzer Prize-winning social psychologist Richard Ofshe and Mother Jones writer Ethan Watters demonstrate that these recovered memories can be false, fabricated in the highly charged atmosphere of therapy, usually through questionable techniques such as hypnosis. Ofshe and Watters not only take to task poorly trained therapists - and in many states no real clinical experience is required to practice - they also show how the mental health establishment has actually added to the confusion. Ofshe and Watters trace the problem back to its source - Sigmund Freud - and illuminate how and why the debate about recovered memories will drive psychology in the future. Making Monsters is groundbreaking science with powerful stories. It comes at a time when parents and friends of recovered memory patients, wrongly accused of violent physical and emotional abuse, are banding together, searching for real answers to difficult questions. Timely and controversial, this book exposes a profound social and psychological crisis, and will curb a popular craze that is destroying thousands of families. Its message cannot be ignored.

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Review: Making Monsters: False Memories, Psychotherapy, And Sexual Hysteria, Updated with a new final chapter

User Review  - Bookish - Goodreads

Very poor and heavily biased. It goes for many gender stereotypes and Ofshe's work has been heavily criticized by academics across the world. His only interest in false memories is in fact about ... Read full review

Review: Making Monsters: False Memories, Psychotherapy, And Sexual Hysteria, Updated with a new final chapter

User Review  - Braden Canfield - Goodreads

Picked up this book on a whim. Found it fascinating. Ofshe uncovers some astounding abuses of the now debunked practice of "recovering" "repressed" memories of childhood abuse (not to be confused with ... Read full review

Contents

The Myths of Memory
15
Effort After Meaning
45
Symptoms of Pseudoscience
65
Copyright

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About the author (1994)

Richard Ofshe, a Professor of Social Psychology at the University of California at Berkeley, is one of the nation's foremost authorities on tactics of coercion and a co-recipient of the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for public service reporting. Ethan Watters, a freelance journalist, published one of the first articles on pseudo-memory in the popular press.

Ethan Watters is a free lance journalist whose work has appeared in the "New York Times Magazine", "Discover", "Men's Journal", "Spin", "Details", and "Wired". A frequent contributor to NPR, Watters' work appeared in the 2007 and 2008 Best American Science and Nature Writing. He co-founded the San Francisco Writers Grotto, a work space for local artists. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and children.

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