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Myths of Childhood by Joel Paris

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The Myth of Recovered Memory

Modern psychotherapy is 100 years old. Over time, the mental health professions have matured. Therapists today use much more sophisticated theoretical models. Many of the theories of development described in Chapter 6 are now of only historical interest.

Nonetheless, belief in the crucial role of childhood experiences remains powerful. The continued strength of primacy is dramatically demonstrated by the recovered memory movement. Therapists influenced by this model have again been focusing on a search for childhood trauma. When memories for such events are not available, clinicians still believe they can be recovered from the unconscious. Thus, Freud’s claim that psychological symptoms are rooted in early ...

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