Psychotherapy; the Next Great Expose

Obeisance

For decades, society has taken
the pronouncements of psycho-
therapists, be they medical
doctors or sociologists, as
absolute truth.

The Public has come to so believe
whatever diagnosis is presented.

People will jettison what they 'know' as fact, what they can prove, in deference to the therapists decree. The therapist, who is oftened imbued with such power, as if
owning a magic window, which sees into their soul and souls of others. Imbued
with an understanding of 'what really happened', contra facts.


The Glass Breaks

The numerous cases in which therapists have been successful sued for creating
false memories in their patients and causing the destruction of people's lives are
hidden in the bowels of law books.

The front page of newspapers are full of sudden adult memories of childhood
abuse
which are unsubstantiated, and after honest investigation, often
prove false.

After nearly a hundred years of slavishly believing everything wrapped in
psycho-babble, the public is slowly becoming aware that Psycho-Therapists
must be carefully scrutinised by the wider medical community.

This is true in every case, most poignantly when it concerns 'sudden' adult
memories of childhood trauma.

Sudden Adult Memories of Childhood Abuse

At the age of 31 Harriet* (this is a
true story only the name is changed)
attended a therapist.

Harriet was an extremely confused
woman. She had a sense of
inferiority, insecurity. Although she
had been involved in lesbian
relationships for nearly ten years,
she claimed she was sexually uncertain.

The therapist decided Harriet had been sexually abused as a child.

The father was rarely home, the mother a peripheral figure, but the older sister, who had left home eleven years before and who had virtually raised Harriet, was designated the culprit.

As a lay person the first thing that might go through your mind is
what took Harriet Eleven Years?

The second question you might be provoked to ask; how does a person reach Thirty One unaware that she was sexually abused?


The Dangers

Despite reality, Harriet accepted the findings of the therapist as absolutely true
and the complete answer to all her problems.

Harriet did not ponder how the therapist, who never saw her mother, father, sister,
a therapist who had no idea where Harriet had grown, could come forward with
this diagnosis without blink.

Harriet, giving complete obeisance to this finding, immediately confronted her mother and wrote a vicious letter to her sister.

Up until this denouement, Harriet had a good relationship with her parents and her sister.

In fact, for two years after her sister left home, (before she moved a thousand miles away), Harriet had visited every week. She and her sister were close, had exchanged gifts, phone calls, there was nothing in the relationship which suggested that there was any dark corner.

After the visit to the therapist the parents were charged as enablers of the
physical/ sexual abuse, the sister was the devil of the piece, and Harriet's life
proceeded on the basis that she had been abused as a child.

At the age of 56 Harriet maintains this 'memory' of abuse.


As life plays

Out of the ether, Harriet's sister, whom she had not heard from for nearly twenty five years rang her up. They began to email.

Harriet attacked her sister with all her 'abuse'. The sister was able to push some daylight into the darkness of Harriet's mind. Able to prove, beyond a doubt that one slap given to her when she five and her sister was eight years old was not beating the crap out her.

So here it was; truth. Unvarnished clear truth. Truth that took in the actual living room, the people who were present. There was no way around the fact that it was one slap, and that the sister was given a beating by the father for hitting Harriet.

It was clear, it was accepted.

And because it conflicted with her fantasy world, Harriet blocked her sister's email account, never spoke or wrote to her again.

And reverted to the 'beat the crap out of me when I was a child' fantasy.

Revert to the 'Last Good Reboot'

When Harriet's sister was able to prove that the infamous 'beating the crap out of me' was one slap given by an 8 year old to a 5 year old, all her mental constructs were in danger of collapse.

The identity of Harriet as an abused child, the identity which defined her from the age of 31 to 56 was about to be exploded.

Hence, Harriet cut off communication, gripped her previous memories as a life preserver.

To recognise that everything she believed and remembered for the past quarter century were untrue would have destroyed her identity, hence it was far easier to delete what didn't conform and go on as if 'that part didn't happen'

Not Uncommon

Harriet's story is not uncommon. There are thousands of cases in which a False Memory has been introduced and so imprisoned the patient that they ruin the rest of their lives defending it.

There are cases in which daughters have come to believe their fathers sexually abused them, only coming to the knowledge that this memory was induced by the therapist after the death of their father.

There are those who who have translated an accident into a suicide attempt, those who have so believed that the 'problem' found by the therapist is the 'problem' that they resist all evidence that it is not.


To the Courts

Successful lawsuits have proven that many therapists rely on hypnotism, psychotropic drugs and sheer authority to convince a patient that their diagnosis is correct, without a shred of proof.

It is only in Court that evidence, cogent evidence, can be presented, proving that the findings of the therapist are false.

Evidence was always there...whether it was the death of a 'abuser' a year before the abuse, whether there was no suicide attempt based on medical, police and psychological evidence taken at the time, or whether one slap has been translated into a savage beating.

The Therapist who has made no attempt to confirm the diagnosis, despite the fact it will have serious consequences on the subsequent life of the patent, is held culpable, insurance pays out another huge sum, but the patient can never be remunerated for the losses suffered.

If you are attending a therapist, or know someone who is, be very chary when it comes to accepting 'sudden' memories of events that you or your friend have never considered.

Simply put, the abused child shows signs of abuse as a child.

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cathylynn99 5 years ago from northeastern US

reputable therapists don't manufacture memories for people. still, it does happen, so i voted up and useful.


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qeyler 5 years ago Author

I didn't know about any of this until I had to do research on memory and what I found was amazing. I understand that the AMA and APA are demanding stricter controls for therapists.


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MicheleLynn 5 years ago from Wilmington , NC

Many people that go to psychotherapists in the first place are very vulnerable and so take to heart what they are being told. slightly frightening hm? well written! voting up and useful


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qeyler 5 years ago Author

That is so key. People in a weakened condition are open to suggestion, and putting themselves in a subserviant position to the therapist is why they believe what they are told.


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Jean Bakula 5 years ago from New Jersey

I think that psychotherapy can be useful, if a person just needs to talk to someone objective, and is going through a rough time. Perhaps a death in the family, a traumatic accident, or something of that nature. But I have heard about lives of some people who attended group therapy sessions, and some of the ones in the group have had such terrible lives, it seems either unbearable to hear, or depresses the other person more than their own problems. It may be more useful, and definitely less expensive, to talk over what's bothering you to a good friend. Thanks, and voted up, useful, interesting!


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qeyler 5 years ago Author

The danger of psychotherapy is when an assumption is made which isn't true, there is no attempt to check the truth and the person is worse now than before.


zzazza 3 years ago

Therapy is a contrived, nonreciprocal relationship masquerading as authentic intimacy. A functional person is now a "patient," her traits labeled as disorders, as she's expected to "trust," more accurately to surrender herself, to the authoritarian guru. This multi-billion dollar industry has sold us on an artificial, pseudo-scientific world the purports to treat our arbitrarily identified ills. http://disequilibrium1.wordpress.com/


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qeyler 3 years ago Author

We are not only on the same page, but the same sentence.


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