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Posted by pseudoname on July 28, 2006, at 14:17:06

In reply to Re: Shame on the silent skeptics, posted by antigua on July 28, 2006, at 13:12:52

> Wow, that was quite a barrage

You're right, it was a barrage. I'm sorry about that. I hope it was civil, but there's a lot of space between that and contributing something supportive or helpful.

> I don't see the empathy

Yeah. There is empathy here with me, where I'm sitting, at least for what I thought I connected with in your post, but it doesn't come through much in what I wrote or how.

I want to say, though, that your response to my barrage is measured and civil and open. You have taken me seriously point by point, even though I came out of nowhere.

> it's hard to know if you are talking from experience or just on what you've read

I had two therapists suggest I have repressed memories of child sexual abuse, and I have had a flashback-like experience (shaking, sweating, racing pulse, etc) reading in a bookstore about an incident of CSA. Those things put me on a road to try recovering memories, and I made initial attempts in therapy and using the Bass/Davis book at home over 2 or 3 periods of a few weeks or months each in the mid-1990s.

So I do not have much experience with recovered memories or flashbacks and none with hypnosis. I am going by what I've read.

Thanks for helping me climb down. I did feel kinda seized by panic, which was not warranted. (I guess it almost never is, which should've been a cue to me.)

> > …the risk of false memories about people you still love.
> 4. Who said I still love this person?

Good point. I was extrapolating from reports of people who've gone into hypnosis and recovered abusive memories of people that they did currently love who were not previously remembered or suspected of any abuse. I should have simply mentioned such possible outcomes.

> > She should be afraid that something might come up that would be completely bogus.
> 6. Please don't insult my therapist

I could have constructed that better. I know how to suggest a concern about someone's practitioner while acknowledging the fact that the T can still be an important personal resource and a valued, competent professional.

> That said, thank you for taking the time to answer

Thank you for replying graciously and asking me questions. I have to go outside now, but I'll reply more later.

What *I* should've done is ask more questions first about your situation, as you have just done with me.

I should also apologize to the other Babblers for suggesting that any of them have something to be ashamed about.




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