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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Child sexual abuse and false memory syndrome. New York: Prometheus Books.
Questioning additional claims about the false memory syndrome epidemic.
(4) For example, a Detroit Free Press Magazine story (Watters 1995) provides the toll- free number for the False Memory Syndrome Foundation after the author's blurb.
This outbreak of false-complaint stories coincided with the formation, in early 1992, of an advocacy group for accused parents called the False Memory Syndrome Foundation.
She discounted the so-called "false memory syndrome," a theory that suggests that therapists have manipulated clients to make false statements.
Holmes sits on the board of directors of the False Memory Syndrome (FMS) Foundation, a private organization founded in 1992 to provide information and support to members of more than 2,400 families who contend that they have been falsely accused of sexual abuse.
to have contacted Pamela Freyd at the False Memory Syndrome Foundation (215-387-1865).
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.
I wondered if it was a case of false memory syndrome, so I actually searched out my slightly rusted Dinky replica of said car from the dark recesses of the loft - and it's a dead ringer.
Whittier doesn't take a stand on the veracity of adults' "recovered memories," the main flashpoint in the 1990s "memory wars," a small but influential countermovement led by the False Memory Syndrome Foundation.
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.
He told the court he did not subscribe to recent theories of "false memory syndrome", whereby patients are supposed to recover false memories of past trauma under hypnosis or through counselling.