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Making Monsters: False Memories, Psychotherapy, And Sexual Hysteria

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In the last decade, reports of incest have exploded into the national consciousness. Magazines, talk shows, and mass market paperbacks have taken on the subject as many Americans, primarily women, have come forward with graphic memories of childhood abuse. Making Monsters examines the methods of therapists who treat patients for depression by working to draw out memories o ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 24th 1996 by University of California Press (first published October 1st 1994)
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Ellis Amdur
Jan 16, 2015 Ellis Amdur rated it really liked it
A voice of sanity in the face of a terrible wrong turn in psychotherapy – an indictment of so-called “recovered memory therapy,” as well as its accompanying fantasies – Satanic and other alleged cult abuse (including that of space aliens) and the often therapist-elicited plague of so-called multiple personality disorder. Please note that I am not saying that repression of some experience does not happen – just that there has been a horrible flood of inept therapy which has been very damaging bot ...more
Cynde Moya
Mar 10, 2012 Cynde Moya rated it really liked it
Remarkable, clear, carefully reasoned, backed up with plenty of evidence. The authors take to task the industries creating then prosecuting instances of recovered memories of childhood sexual abuse, recovered memories of childhood satanic sexual abuse, and save special ire for multiple personality disorder, which they assert is completely, 100% iatrogenic. It seems that enthusiastic therapists are suggesting or even implanting these memories in vulnerable people, who keep getting worse rather th ...more
Bookish
Jul 19, 2013 Bookish rated it did not like it
Very poor and heavily biased. It goes for many gender stereotypes and Ofshe's work has been heavily criticized by academics across the world. His only interest in false memories is in fact about attempt to defend pedophiles by saying the abuse "never happened". His work has been heavily promoted by the old False Memory Syndrome Foundation, which now doesn't exist and has suffered many credibility issues after publicly supporting people who later confessed.
His book is poor throughout, and I don'
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Braden Canfield
Nov 21, 2009 Braden Canfield rated it it was amazing
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Picked up this book on a whim. Found it fascinating. Ofshe uncovers some astounding abuses of the now debunked practice of "recovering" "repressed" memories of childhood abuse (not to be confused with real and unrepressed memories of childhood abuse). The stories he tells of unethical, unproven practices inadvertently conjuring false memories in highly suggestible people are sobering.
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