False Memory Syndrome
Many argue that there is no such thing as False Memory Syndrome. It doesnt appear in the DSM IV. This is an untrue argument. Back in the day Multiple Personality Disorder did not appear in the DSM but it is there now. One day False Memory Syndrome will appear in the DSM. Meanwhile, people do develop “memories” of events they have never experienced and they do truly believe they have experienced these events. Call it false memories; call it delusions – it exists.
People forget most of what occurs to them, including some events that were pleasant or significant to them at the time. If an event is lost from memory, there is no scientific way to prove whether it was “repressed” or simply forgotten. False memory syndrome involves a combination of mistaken perceptions and false beliefs. The false memory syndrome patient is encouraged to “connect” with an environment that will reinforce the False Memory Syndrome state, and is encouraged to “disconnect” from people or information that might lead them to question.
Is it possible that the memories in our head are untrue If they are untrue, where did they come from In Freuds theory of “repression” the mind automatically
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