How strange that “the repressed” produced no symptoms or qualms to warn her against taking those risks with the rapist-murderer! As Freud well appreciated when he chose as his epigraph for The Interpretation of Dreams Virgil’s line about stirring up hell, psychoanalysis is already demonology.25 That is, it allegorizes the psychologically unknown as a dark power that must be coaxed forth, scrutinized, and kept in check by professionals who, incorruptible themselves by virtue of their faith and training, sniff out the hidden corruption of others. Although much of this woe is irreparable, there is no need for fatalism about its indefinite extension to new cases. ↩, David S. Holmes, “The Evidence for Repression: An Examination of Sixty Years of Research,” in Singer, Repression and Dissociation, pp. I tried to resist the bullying and fight back but he was 2-3 years older and the difference in … Emerald Fennell’s Dark, Jaded, Funny, Furious Fables of Female Revenge. Why did no one in a crowded living room notice George inserting his finger in Eileen’s vagina? Crews followed this devastating critique with another provocative essay, "The Revenge of the Repressed," in 1994. Given that Freud here accepts a “phonographic” memory of an adult conversation recorded when the patient was presumably still struggling to say “mama,” this passage must rank among his most credulous ever. Moreover, Ingram, who is now serving a twenty-year term in prison after having confessed to six counts of child molestation, came close to being joined there by others who were caught in a widening net of lunacy—and at least two of them, who were in fact jailed briefly and then kept under house arrest for five months each, will never recover their reputations. ↩, Earlier this year, Gary Ramona of Petaluma, California, was awarded a settlement against a therapist, a psychiatrist, and a hospital for their role in bringing about his daughter Holly’s “memory” that he had molested her. Consequently, a therapist’s methodologically informed study of symptoms and dreams can lead (through however many detours) to faithful knowledge of an originating trauma. The mavens of recovered memory concern themselves almost entirely with means of reinforcing incest suspicions, not with means of checking them against solid evidence pro or con. 22, No. But Terr is a thoroughly trained Freudian, and as such she felt qualified, after all, to offer the Franklin jury what she calls “an education” in the reality of repressed memory and its retrieval. The critical books before us follow upon influential exposés by such courageous journalists as Michael Morris, Stephanie Salter, the late Darrell Sifford, and Bill Taylor, along with trenchant warnings by academics like Carol Tavris, Paul McHugh, and Robyn Dawes. The Courage to Heal and its fellow manuals are not about surmounting one’s tragic girlhood but about keeping the psychic wounds open, refusing forgiveness or reconciliation, and joining the permanently embittered corps of “survivors.”. Exactly that same compatibility between preindustrial and modern forms of superstition, we may recall, proved the undoing of the Freudian Christian Paul Ingram, who wrote in his diary after conferring with his fundamentalist pastor, “John thinks several spirits are in me yet, still in control of my unconscious…. In their assault on MPD, Ofshe and Watters are joined, independently, by the investigative journalist Mark Pendergrast, whose forthcoming Victims of Memory constitutes the most ambitious and comprehensive, as well as the most emotionally committed, of all the studies before us.9 Pendergrast’s book stands out from the others in several respects. Gilman believes in creativity without restraints and argues that the narrator’s repressed imagination is the fundamental cause of her psychotic breakdown. He assured Eileen at the time that it “wasn’t important… whether her visualizations were real or not,” and that they could “sort that out later.” In and out of therapy the details slowly cohered into a narrative. I tell Ericka to knell [sic] and to caress Paul’s genitals. Ingram’s prolific later admissions were facilitated not only by prayer but by “relaxation techniques,” one of which he had picked up from a magazine. Someone may have told me to do this with the kids. The easiest answer is to presume that the abuse must have been more serious than originally thought, and that more repressed memories are hidden in the patient’s unconscious. Such fears are understandable; pedophiles will undoubtedly try to portray any accuser as deluded by a trick of memory. Quite simply, it turns out to be a figment of Eileen’s adult imagination. Revenge of the Heart. “[P]sychological experiments on university students,” Terr writes, taking dead aim at Loftus’s work. The psychoanalyst Lawrence Hedges, for example, has recently proposed that therapeutically retrieved molestation scenes are not exactly false; they may be screen memories for inferrable bad experiences suffered “[i]n utero and in the earliest months of life.”27 In a new book from the Analytic Press, Lynda Share similarly proposes that the interpretation of adult dreams can give us detailed knowledge of real traumas from early infancy.28 And in Feminist Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Charlotte Krause Prozan, who sensed which way the wind was blowing long ago, reports that whereas analysts used to be watchful for penis envy in women patients, today “we are looking for sexual abuse.”29. Why would he then make Eileen witness another killing? Such bits of truth and error were available to her at all times, thanks to the fact that within her family George Franklin had always been considered a suspect in the Nason murder. 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