Thursday, October 6, 2022

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  • There will never be balanced, or thoughtful, content where there is a strong propensity towards bias on one end. There will never be balance on this issue as long as there is an extreme left opinion and an extreme right opinion. (read: one side believing ALL memories, or nearly all memories, of repressed childhood abuse are false, or believing that ALL are true, or nearly all are true).

  • There is a good possibility that most psychologists and clinicians have belief in repression because they have witnessed their clients go through the remembering process, and the clients have found corroboration for their memories, and or, they have healed from many symptoms as a result of dealing with those memories in therapy.

    In 1994 I suddenly became seriously ill with a disease that some of the best medical doctors in the country could not diagnose. After almost a year of debilitating physical suffering, unrelenting fear, repeated examinations, lab tests, EKGs, heart stress tests, an MRI, and intrusive medical procedures, all of which amounted to more than $30,000, doctors finally made a diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis).

    The specialists informed me that there is no cure and no real treatment for the disease. Many physicians are unwilling to take on patients with cfids because of the low recovery rate and the untreatable incapacitating symptoms. Many cfids patients have committed suicide, but cfids is known by its sufferers as a walking death.

    My symptoms included irregular heart beat, inability to urinate, frequent urination, neurological problems, debilitating fatigue, intestinal disturbances, chest pain, headaches, chronic sore throats, stomach aches, abdominal pain, nausea, shingles, unexplained choking, mysterious pelvic pain, and scores of other physical afflictions.

    Over the fifteen years that I was most sick, I experienced more than seventy different physical ailments. The physical manifestations would alternate but the pain and suffering was a daily experience.

    Prior to the illness, and while I was sick, I also experienced phobias, insomnia, excessive fear, panic attacks, nightmares, hypervigilance, severe depression, unbalanced anger and rage, eating disorders, an excessive hatred of women, mood swings, suicidal thoughts, an abnormal fear of dying, no self-worth, being reclusive, feeling estranged from life, and an inability to trust anyone.

    After realizing that the medical and mainstream psychological professions were incapable of helping me, I turned to alternative healing in the form of hypnoanalysis.

    Let me be clear; hypno-analysis is quite different from hypnosis, and it has been practiced and studied for at least 150 years.

    Prior to beginning the therapy, I had retained only a few memories of my entire childhood, but I had always brushed this aside as ‘just one of those things.’

    When I began the hypnotherapy, I was unaware that people can mentally block significant events from their mind and my therapist never told me this could happen. Nor did she ever hint, suggest, or imply in any way that I might have had a history of child sexual abuse and trauma. The memories came from me, and me alone.

    In November of 1997 I discovered dissociative amnesia (known as repressed memory) in a very personal way

    My full recovery from chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome, from shingles, PTSD, chronic heart problems, migraines, and from all of the psychological problems was not due to any medical procedure, herb, vitamin, yoga, conventional psychotherapy, “positive thinking,” or pharmaceutical drug.

    My total recovery from cfids and the rest of the mental and physical diseases happened gradually, as I broke through four decades of amnesia for incest, rape, psychological trauma, physical abuse, and emotional trauma.

    Every one of the incapacitating and frightening symptoms, which according to most medical doctors, have no known cause or cure are now gone. I have recuperated my joy for life. I do not react to triggers anymore, I have goals and dreams again, I am social, I have self-respect, and I am healthier than I have been since I was a teenager. I am now 52 years-old.

    The FMSF has virtually closed down. Repression has been proven through documented evidence, corroborating witnesses, abuser confessions, and through other research. Loftus has been exposed for who she is –someone who makes a lot of money defending people accused of serious crimes against children– so when someone continues to portray repression as a myth, I have to wonder what their true motivation is. Do they have pedophilia tendencies? Do they also have some kind of financial gain in their position? What is the bias in their stance? Because it is not to find truth, or to help victims of child sexual abuse.