`My congratulations to Colin Feltham for assembling a set of contentious issues and lively authors which together made me forget my surroundings' - Person-Centred Practice `Editor Colin Feltham's choice of topics shows an astute, on the ground awareness of the issues that dog the industry, while still making lively reading' - New Therapist In this book, leading practitioners, critics and commentators take sides on many topical and core debates including: · Theoretical issues: Does the unconscious really exist? Is birth trauma a fiction? Should one believe in `false memories'? · Clinical issues: Is ther
Chapter 6: False Memories – A Peripheral Issue?
False Memories – A Peripheral Issue?
When discussing survivors of childhood sexual abuse, mental health professionals tend to push the problems of false accusations to one side as a peripheral issue of little concern. Some writers have even said that a few false accusations are the price we must pay for bringing out real cases and for finding the real perpetrators.
Many commentators present the so-called ‘false memory syndrome’ (FMS) as an artefact of a tiny minority of incompetent, undertrained therapists affecting only a few families. They argue that even if an accusation is false, it should be taken as a metaphor for the trauma generated in a dysfunctional family. This portrayal is, for the most part, accepted by mainstream mental ...