evad_83647, on Feb 26 2007, 01:46 AM, said:
As a side note science used to discount that you could hypnotize anyone, dismissing it as a parlor trick. Hypnotism is still not accepted as mainstream but it is gaining strength. Now a child under hynosis following a hypnotists suggestions can recall sexual advances they could not recall previously and people are being convicted using the repressed memories.
Gee Evad, you were doing so well until you brought up the repressed memories thing.
Unfortunately, too many of these "repressed memories" have been demonstrated to be false, and too many innocent people have had their lives destroyed by these manufactured "memories".
Similarly, a number of "therapists" have been sued to within an inch of their lives for their part in creating these false memories.
Hypnosis is still an evolving art/science. It has been demonstrated to be useful in many situations. It has also been demonstrated to be very a potent and dangerous tool when used on the susceptible and unwary.
People who are emotionally vulnerable and unstable are particularly susceptible to have fake "memories" implanted. It is often these kind of emotionally fragile people who make the accusation of abuse, usually after having undergone intensive therapy, which may involve hypnotherapy.
The therapist, while exploring the possible reasons for the person's fragile state, often plants the seeds which may then grow into the accusations of abuse and "repressed memory". It is probably not a coincidence that most often, these "repressed memories" are of a sexual nature.
On the other hand, I have personal experience with people who have experienced absolutely mind numbingly awful things.
They have lived through things that make Hollywood's worst nightmares seem pretty tame; yet not one of them has "suppressed" the memory. They remember every moment in vivid, blood curdling, explicit detail.
So this leads me to question the whole concept of the "repressed" memory; is it real, or is it just something created by less than expert therapists?
From my experience, people who really have experienced horrible things, do not suppress the memory. They certainly compartmentalise it, and put it aside; but they never forget.