false memory syndrome


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false memory syndrome

an apparent memory of an imagined event, usually traumatic and remote in time; generally used pejoratively to imply that the memory was engendered by the therapist facilitating its recovery; a controversial concept.

false mem·o·ry syn·drome

(fawls mem'ŏr-ē sin'drōm)
An apparent memory of an imagined event, usually traumatic and remote in time; generally used pejoratively to imply that the memory was engendered by the therapist facilitating its recovery; a controversial concept.

false memory syndrome

Alleged unearthed ‘memories’ of childhood sexual abuse induced by psychoanalysts and other psychotherapists with more enthusiasm for Freudian theories than insight into the nature of their own activities. Cases of flagrant invitations or suggestions by therapists to their patients to ‘remember’ such incidents have been reported, and some of these have led to unfounded accusations and family alienation.
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False memory syndrome and the retractors: Methodological and theoretical issues.
Franklin was convicted in spite of expert testimony for the defense by memory researcher and False Memory Syndrome Foundation board member Elizabeth Loftus, who argued strenuously against the possibility of repressed memory.
In my research, which did not start or end with the False Memory Syndrome Foundation and went far beyond the single case forming the narrative of my story, I found this predisposition to be on the rise - the real "pack" trend Herman should be decrying.
There is, however, something called false memory syndrome whereby someone is absolutely convinced, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that they have been sexually assaulted.
PERHAPS it is false memory syndrome, but didn't Brian and Kerry McFadden both say that their main concern in the wake of their split was their children?
Didn't Christmas TV used to be great, or am I just suffering a bout of false memory syndrome, like those snowy winters and cloudless summers we all recall from our childhoods?
Janice Doane and Devon Hodges are interested in the forces and beliefs that create these stories and that encourage others to challenge the truth of incest narratives, most often by portraying the tellers as deluded, hysterical, or gulled by false memory syndrome.
Among the panelists at the session was Pamela Freyd, president of the False Memory Syndrome Foundation, a group made up of family members accused of abuse based on recovered memories.
In response, her mother, an educator, founded in 1992, the False Memory Syndrome Foundation (FMSF), now with more than 18,000 members, people allegedly falsely accused of sexually abusing children (Brown, Scheftin, & Hammond, 1998).
We already agreed you're bored with False Memory Syndrome, FMS for short.
The hearing was told Miss A had first made the allegations against married father-of-two Dr Baker after her mother had given her an article on false memory syndrome - the phenomenon of "creating" recollections in abuse victims' minds.
The False Memory Syndrome Foundation was founded in February 1992 by a group of parents who had "been falsely accused (of incest) as a result of their adult children discovering |memories' in the course of therapy.