Twenty two years ago, in 1994, the words Dissociative Identity Disorder replaced the words “Multiple Personality Disorder” in the DSM.
The earliest false memory tracts therefore could be forgiven for using the word repression rather than dissociation. But there really isn’t any excuse today.
There is also a growing body of evidence-based research for the exisitence of dissociative disorders. David Spiegel, founder of the Stanford Centre on Stress and Health has described dissociative disorders as extreme form of PTSD. (1)
A list of their research publications related to dissociation can be found here
False memory clubs ignore this and instead prefer to refer, Ad infinitum to repression, the movies and that old chestnut Sybil.
( It would appear that the Speigels have moved on – but not the false memory gang )
When false memory advocates tell the media and courts that repression is not a quantifyable concept they are playing a sleight of hand.
Research such as that done at the Centre on Stress and Health about the relationship between trauma and dissociation, not the relationship btween trauma and repression.
By playing with words in this way, false memory advocates deliberately set out to mislead people who are not aquainted with the prospect of dissociation.
It’s offical. False Memory Syndrome no longer exists.
It is dead, kaput, buried, gone
That is according to the leading UK specialist on false memory and member of the UK false memory club
You can read what they have to say here:-
Normal people, with normal brains, have false memories all the time. Our brains are beautifully flexible, which allows us to have capacities like intelligence, creativity, and problem-solving. One price of this flexibility is that we sometimes get our memories wrong.
A syndrome, however, is not a normal feature. A syndrome is characterized by symptoms, and a symptom is “a physical or mental feature that is regarded as indicating a condition of disease”.
But false memories aren’t a disease. We all have them. Having them is healthy and normal. We may not like our false memories, and they can have disastrous legal repercussions, but even in the worst cases they are still just the products of healthy brains. (1)
I am very very relieved (I think)
I am pleased that it is official that there is no longer a Regisited British Charity working to spread the idea that I am suffering from a syndrome.
They may still think that I suffer from false memories but I can live with that. It is not half as bad as being accused of having a syndrome.
I should go out and celebrate!
But I also feel a bit confused. Who takes responsibility for the fact that I and others were smeared with accusations that we were suffering from this syndrome in endless newspaper articles and publications written by the false memory people?
It becomes apparent why the UK false memory club has recently created a new website with older articles ( and the S-word ) omitted.
I wonder if they are going to issue an apology to the people wrongly accused of having syndromes?
(1) Shaw, Julia Stop calling it false memory syndrome. Scientific American. Feb 2016
Cheit, Ross `False Memory Syndrome` is Politics, not Jargon