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True Stories of False Memories

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ISBN-13: 978-0897771450
ISBN-10: 0897771451
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Read this book. If you have any children, if you're in therapy, you owe this to yourself. -- The Book Reader, 1993

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 517 pages
  • Publisher: Sirs (July 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0897771451
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897771450
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Janet Macdonald on March 9, 2001
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My daughter has "recovered memories" of sexual abuse and physical abuse that she "remembers" happening. Her brothers and sister and I have racked our brains for clues to her beliefs. In my search to understand where she is coming from, I have read and reread True Stories of False Memories. The stories of parents ring true and the stories of retractors (children that realize their "recovered memories" are false)are very informative. The retractors usually sign their names and explain how they came to believe they were abused. Intrinsic to their programming into a belief they were abused is a book called The Courage To Heal. It fits right in to their indoctrination by the "therapist" as she convinces them to call their mother a "birth mother" and to call her by her first name, not Mom. The family becomes "family of origin" and the family is discarded and cut off. No attempt is ever made to find the truth. Most of the retractors came back to their families when the "therapist" cuts them off or they moved away. Then without the constant reinforcement of the "therapist" and "group therapy" they started questioning their beliefs and begin the long journey back to wholeness. The stories of the parents are heartbreaking. To have your child taken away from a parent is terrible. My own daughter was carefully nurtured growing up but she had a fatal flaw. She was never hurt and was very trusting and had a vivid imagination. I hope some day she will come home. She will always be very welcome. This book is a very good book for someone trying to understand "recovered memories" and the families in torment.
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Coauthors Eleanor Goldstein and Kevin Farmer began this 1993 book by saying, "In 1992 we authored Confabulations: Creating False Memories, Destroying Families which tells the stories of twenty families, written mostly by parents, affected by what is now recognized as False Memory Syndrome... Since the publication of Confabulations... We find that an epidemic of false memories is being created in the minds of intelligent, mostly well-educated, adults by sometimes well-meaning, often highly credentialed, professionals. We find techniques of mind control... being used to the detriment of thousands of families... we know the pain of retractors---women who survived a therapy that teaches and preaches hate, supposedly in order to 'heal' and be 'saved'... these women somehow came to realize they were victims of sham therapy... In this book we are publishing stories of siblings because they have a unique perspective---right in the middle of this dreadful situation, poised precariously between parents and a brother or a sister... We are also including the stories of retractors... What they went through and how they managed to return to normal lives provides enlightenment about this shocking mental health crisis." (Pg. 6-10)

One essayist asks, "The question that I would like to have answered from these therapists is this: Why are you using hypnosis/trancework for the recovery of memories? I understand that hypnosis is not accurate for memory recall. If this is so, then why are therapists using invalid techniques to help people regain memories that are not true, and destroying entire families?" (Pg.
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This book tells the sorry state of psycho-therapy in America. It describes the tip of an iceberg in which the profit motives of psycho-therapists, law enforcement officials, lawyers, and religious Christian right leaders (who promote the belief that there is a vast santanic cult in America) have destroyed thousands of family relationships. We are taught to respect authority but this book clearly describes the complex web used by authorities, femi-nazis, and Christian fanatics to strenghten the military-industrial complex that intends to destroy democratic America! This book is a must read.
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.....This book was written early in the crisis of "false memories" of the 1990's. It is a collection of true stories about false memories of abuse and incest. Some stories are those who made accusations of incest based on false memories and later retracted those stories. Some of the accounts are by the siblings of the initial accusers who joined in with more false accusations but later realized they were wrong. Some accounts are by those siblings who knew from the start the accusations were false but responded in different ways. There are stories of totally innocent parents who faced fabricated and false accusations, public humiliation, criminal charges, civil actions and lawsuits based on false memories recovered through a variety of methods (often referred to as recovered memory techniques but the names change to retain insurance payouts for the therapy). These fabrications were facilitated by licensed therapists, counselors with certifications and credentials, therapists without credentials, self help therapy books, group therapy setting and friends just "helping each other" recover memories that explain bad decisions and poor outcomes in their personal lives.
.....Finally there is section dedicated to the latest positions and information available to experts in 1992. The book points out "A theory has emerged...It is a theory that says families are dysfunctional; it is not only acceptable but appropriate to confront your parents, abandon you "family of origin" and create a 'family of choice.' The incest survivor movement has accepted this theory.
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