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The belief that hidden memories can be “recovered” in therapy should have been exorcised years ago, when a rash of false memories dominated the airwaves, tore families apart, and put people on the stand for crimes they didn’t commit. But the mental health establishment does not always learn from its mistakes—and families are still paying the price.
Perhaps tangentially related is Wretchard's post at Belmont Club today.
"The alternative to Bradbury’s view is that the past is infinitely malleable, that we can alter it to our advantage; and the proper task of the media and historians is actually to make the past consistent with the current narrative. “The concept was first popularized by George Orwell’s dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, where the Party’s Ministry of Truth systematically re-created all potential historical documents, in effect, re-writing all of history to match the often-changing state propaganda. These changes were complete and undetectable.”
Isn't having someone "pay the price" the whole point of these exercises? Isn't "recovered memories" for the psychiatric profession similar to ambulance chasers going after, as just one example, OBGYNs for c-sections causing problems many years later? Or for that matter, isn't this like "scientists" making "someone pay" for global cooling/warming/weather?
To put the question differently, aren't they all charlatans intent on making money through fraud?
The whole "memory recovery" charade is now used primarily to generate "witness statements" against "pedophiles" who supposedly were active decades ago.
Used to be it was used mainly against parents to "prove" they abused their children, now it's former teachers.
It's sickening, and leads to the flood of cases of (mostly) swimming teachers we have here who supposedly in the 1970s and '80s sexually abused hundreds of their pupils EACH.
They're now old men, but are shipped off to prisons and mental institutions for years, sometimes decades (making it the rest of their life) based on such statements and only such statements.
I haven't seen anyone suffer any consequences of a recovered memory accusation since around 1990 or so, but there were some bad situations I was witness to then: grandfathers forced to sit and listen to their granddaughters' screaming accusations in front of other family members, for example.
There are pockets where this is still believed.
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To understand this therapeutic evil, think of an incredibly strong placebo, but instead of positive results, negative results abound at stratospheric levels.
RMT is an absolutely evil placebo which uses the equivalent of communist so called "re-education camp" to achieve its goals - destruction of family and persons, patient and family members.
This is a sordid, ugly and evil; and this article showing this evil is still alive and being practiced should be an incredible cautionary note for any parent/s thinking of placing any of their children in therapy.