Making Monsters: False Memories, Psychotherapy, and Sexual by Richard Ofshe

By Richard Ofshe

Within the final decade, reviews of incest have exploded into the normal recognition. american citizens, basically girls, have come ahead with photo stories of formative years abuse. Making Monsters examines the equipment of therapists who deal with sufferers for melancholy through operating to attract out thoughts or, with using hypnosis, to inspire the fantasies of early life abuse which sufferers are informed they've got repressed.

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Another therapy patient quoted in The Courage to Heal says of her recovered memories, " It's like it's all recorded in your skin, in your body. We have in our bodies exact, lOO-percent recall of what's happened to us. All we have to do is con nect with it. " " Precisely because past emotions and events are stored timelessly," she writes, "we can enter that realm of the unconscious and reprocess them. If we ever had a second chance at the past, it is the unconscious that gives it to us. We can go home again-because a part of us never left.

RTs confidence level, along with two other students who scored Rat zeros in accuracy, rated at the top of the 5-point scale. "I must confess this result surprised even me," Neisser says of the study . " The results were so intriguing Ihal the researchers decided 10 add to the study by inlelViewi ng each of the subjects personally the following spring. At the end of the interview, Harsch gave Ihe students both copies of their surveys to read. At this point the researchers gol the third surprise of the experiment.

Il The overall theory of this repression mechanism can be summed up in the first line of Judith Herman's Trauma and Recovery. " These self-proclaimed experts, like Herman, report that massive repression is commonplace. They claim that the mentalhealth profession and society at large are only now starting to understand the extent of this remarkable , innate ability. Psychologist John Briere, one of the movement's most inAuential experts, admits that this sort of total repression capable of causing the "complete loss of child sexual abuse memories" is a phenomenon "only recently appreciated" thanks to the work of "abuse-oriented therapists.

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