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

By Elizabeth Loftus (Author) & Katherine Ketcham (With)
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Explains the theory behind recovered memory therapy, argues that there is no scientific support for the theory, and describes the impact of false memory

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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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Studio: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages   283
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 6" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 5, 2000
Publisher   St. Martin's Griffin
ISBN  0312141238  
ISBN13  9780312141233  

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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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Excellent Resource  Aug 27, 2006
The people who claim sexual abuse based on repressed memory should be forced to read this book; at gunpoint, if necessary. Countless families could be spared the heartbreak and fracturing of relationships if the myth could be erradicated altogether. Dr. Loftus' extensive research is evident in her writings, but tends to be somewhat repetitive and clinical. Well worth the purchase.
A must read on the science of memories  Jan 8, 2006
A well written book that will answer questions you have about repressed memory. False Memory Syndrome is something that is destroying families. It is also taking away from true survivors of sexual abuse. This book helps one to realize that it is better to live in the present instead of the past.
Looking Through A Mirror  Jun 22, 2005
When I read this book, the chapter about Lynn, I began to shake and then to cry. The author described my experience with a therapist from 1994 to 1999. For the past couple of years, I have been trying to put my life together and explain to myself what happened so I could try to explain it to my family. These kind and brave women gave me the words. These ladies are not shaming or cruel to sexual abuse victims at all. I thought they might be at first by reading the book jacket. They also helped me to understand why 5 years of my life went by in a fog where somehow I went from a fairly normal woman to a paranoid woman on 7 psycho-active drugs who couldn't function. I thought that "remembering" my memories would make me feel better. What I have learned since the hellish time is that what we focus on is what grows in our lives. Focusing on every detail of your trauma over and over again every single day will make that trauma the part of your life that grows so that you can't see much beyond it. I wish I could give this book to anyone who is even contemplating seeing a therapist or buying the book Courage To Heal. There are good therapists out there. I had one to help me climb out of my nightmare. If your therapist suggests that you try to remember things that you don't even know happened, please! please read this book first. If you were abused as a child, grieve it for a time. If you keep on going over and over it each day though, your abuser has not only hurt you as a child, but he is hurting you as an adult. After you feel sad for awhile, you have to pick yourself up and move on to create a happy life for yourself. You cannot change your past, and dwelling on it can only bring pain and shame. All I can say is that this book, not the Courage To Heal, has helped me to heal and to get my family back. May God bless the authors and the publishers for making their work available to me and others like me.
Reader beware  May 29, 2004
Beware of this book. Loftus is not a trauma expert. If she were, she would acknowledge that normal memory and traumatic memory are different creatures; they work differently and involve different areas of the brain. As a fellow lawyer, I am disquieted by the one-sided, misguided, and truly heavy-handed application of information from the irrelevant fields of ordinary memory and eyewitness testimony. The capacity is too great to hurt people already hurt and to harm the causes of law, jurisprudence, and justice.

Every lawyer must be skeptical about all evidence, and one must be on guard for therapeutic contamination. (Victims want to be secure in their memories, too. They don't want inept therapists misleading them.) Loftus is right to point out obvious dangers. This book, however, verges on zealotry in not factoring in the venerable body of reliable study on post-traumatic amnesias. One wonders why. Don't read this book without reading work by acknowledged traumatic memory experts.

Ketcham and Loftus get two thumbs up  Apr 23, 2003
These two women are geniuses. All I have to say is with the intelligence of these women combined, this book will blow you away. Ketcham is a fantastic writer, leaving the reader in a state of awe and utter amazement. Two thumbs way up.

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