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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THE MYTH OF REPRESSED MEMORY: False Memories and Accusations of Sexual Abuse

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A research psychologist whose specialty is memory pokes giant holes in claims that survivors of sexual abuse repress their memories of the abuse and can then recover them with the help of therapists ... Read full review

THIS BOOK IS A MYTH

User Review  - truthsearcher06 - Borders

There has been research into this that indicates it is real. While it is true that memories can be implanted, it is also possible for memories to be repressed. I knwo --it happened to me--when I was ... 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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