The Myth of Repressed Memory

False Memories and Allegations of Sexual Abuse

Dr. Elizabeth Loftus and Katherine Ketcham

St. Martin's Griffin

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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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Praise for The Myth of Repressed Memory

"Astute, scientifically informed, and compassionate towards the movement's casualties."—The New York Review of Books

"The descriptions [of] the 'therapeutic' practices by which memories are recovered are a frightening indictment of at least some members of the burgeoning industry."—The New York Times Book Review

"[A] thoughtful, scholarly book . . . concerned with exposing the damage caused by, and the falsity of, the practice of recovered-memory therapy."—The Washington Post Book World

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About the Author

Dr. Elizabeth Loftus and Katherine Ketcham

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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The Myth of Repressed Memory
False Memories and Allegations of Sexual Abuse
Dr. Elizabeth Loftus and Katherine Ketcham

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
June 2013
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ISBN: 9781466848863
ISBN10: 1466848863
312 pages
$9.99

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
January 1996
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ISBN: 9780312141233
ISBN10: 0312141238
6 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches, 312 pages
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