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FMS stands for "false memory syndrome"
current practice of retrieval of "repressed memories" of childhood abuse
(Recovered Memory Therapy) is the most controversial issue to hit the psychotherapeutic
community in decades. Thousands of families across our nation have
been torn apart by false accusations of childhood sexual abuse, satanic
ritual abuse, and other unthinkable charges. These false accusations are
the result of false memories that are the product of a variety
of influences that came to a white hot climax in the late 1980's and early
1990's. The notorious book "Courage to Heal", and its many imitators,
were one such influence. Some kinds of radical feminism were another.
So were sensationalist TV talk shows. But above all, recovered or
repressed memory therapy was the most to blame. This therapy is unproven,
unethical and widely discredited since the mid-1990's. It was practiced
(and to some extent still is) by a significant number of therapists of
all levels of expertise, from psychiatrists with national reputations attached
to major hospitals all the way down to unlicensed "counselors" with a little
weekend training, such as the one who "counseled" Cardinal Bernadin's accuser.
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