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Hidden Memories Paperback – September 1, 1996

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  • Paperback: 390 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (September 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573920940
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573920940
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,335,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Baker has, in this work, taken an in-depth look at "cryptomnesia," a relatively little-known malfunction of human memory. In essence, cryptomnesia is the remembering of information, without remembering exactly where that information came from. I am sure that most people, if they put their minds to it, can dredge up things that they know that they don't know exactly how they know.
Along with the discussion and explanation of cryptomnesia itself, Baker goes on to explain how this very well could explain many of the paranormal beliefs shared by many people, including reincarnation, alien abduction, and ritual satanic abuse.
In addition, this book has one of the best explanations for the layman of the current knowledge about how human memory works. Even if you are not interested in how our memories can delude us into believing things that are simply not true, the discussion of memory itself is quite informative. This book also goes on to explain that delusions, hallucinations, and influence by the power of suggestion is much more common than many people think, and are not indicative of mental illness.
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The book was well-written and raised some interesting questions. How many of these accusations against Catholic priests are real and how many are memories that have been created by over-zealous psychiatrists/psychologists/therapists? The same must be asked about Michael Jackson. I don't know of many of these accusations made while the abuse was an on-going event -- which is what causes the author to question accusations made years after the fact. Although, I also question the some of what the author says. I myself have a year missing from my memory but I have never made an attempt to fill that year with anything that might make logical/illogical sense. I know many others that have large gaps in their memories -- one inparticular whose childhood I remember better than he does. What would happen if we went to therapists that believed in the hynosis analysis of that missing time? Would we also be dredging up memories of abuse? Interestingly enough, I have little doubt that we would, especially as we both have active imaginations without help of hypnosis. Interesting book.
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Out of all three, I don't know which one had more problems. The Doctor who brought all this stuff out, after hypnotizing the Patient, and giving her suggestions while under, the Patient, who fell for it all, the Writer who put this book together. Maybe off all three it was actually Me, for paying for the book, and reading it, even giving some creedence to it, until I saw the women on TV, and realized it was, "Totally Unbelievable" from begging to end. Wish I had of thought of Library first.
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