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Re: Shame on the silent skeptics pseudoname

Posted by daisym on July 28, 2006, at 18:39:29

In reply to Shame on the silent skeptics antigua, posted by pseudoname on July 28, 2006, at 11:12:21

>>>I am really sorry that other people on this board are not helping you consider other options. It is not fair to you for you to come away with the impression that hypnosis for recovered memory is in quality on the same level as other validated therapies.

<<<<Two things. Never assume that "other people on this board" are not helping. Many of us talk in "live" time, on email or whatever. I realize there is no way for you to know that, but that was a pretty scathing statement. Some of us have histories that go back years, so we are sometimes insensitive about filling in "newbies" and our posts might be unintentionally cryptic.

The other is this - the Anti-Recovered Memories movement has just as many "problems" as those working with recovered memories. The more we learn about the brain and the effects of trauma, the more surprised we are at the neuropathways and how we store things. I don't believe it is accurate to state that a single huge trauma cannot have an influence on a person's direction in life. People are not trees. Think about kids who've seen their parents killed, or the children who were in the NY daycares on 9-11 or rape victims or combat vets who have to kill. These single events can and do change a person forever, whether they are remembered in detail or not. I argue with some of my colleagues who state, "it isn't the trauma, it is how it is managed afterwards." I disagree. I think it is how it is managed afterwards AND the trauma itself. It is all very complicated. But an overwhelming event that makes a child split psychologically can be buried for a very long time yet still be putting pressure on the entire system.

We can (and probably should) argue theories for days. (I'd actually like that.) But the truth is, recovery from trauma, particularly csa, isn't a "one-size-fits-all" prescription. We all need very different things...and we all need each other.

I hope this was civil enough and you don't feel chastised. That wasn't my intent.




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