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Template:Controversial Why has the list of subjects that are commonly "recovered" as "memories" been removed? I guess it's too awkward for a proponent... --- Uncovering Hidden Memories, a number of techniques used by different brands of therapists, is thought by psychologists to be actually planting false memories. Among the things people allegedly remember in such therapies are:

--- On seeing that list, one either has to accept that

  • all those things are real, or that
  • the techniques used are not a reliable tool for finding the truth.
  • (Is there a third possibility? I can't think of one. Can you?)

So, once you know what you can do with Recovered Memory Therapy, you will recognize that it's unreliable, unless you are really really gullible. I guess this is why wants to hide that information.

This page has turned into a Recovered Memories Advocacy Page - the unconvenient information is gone and was repaced by a lot of "you can't prove me wrong" weasel talk.

Absence of evidence *is* evidence of absence. (As opposed to absence of proof, which is not proof of absence.) As far as I know, there has never been a case where someone has regained memories that are truly and evidently memories of real events. But thousands of people have had their memories recovered! One should expect that at least a few of them found real evidence of the things they remembered. Hob 20:45, Oct 1, 2004 (UTC)

a view on Hob's objections Edit

I believe I can explain some of the thinking behind's recent changes to this entry. Hob listed many objections which touch on several of the hot points in the debate over false memory and false memory syndrome, and I feel like this should be discussed now before any editing or flame wars start.

I agree with Hob's concern over information being taken out of the entry, but I agree more with the intent it seems had in making the edits. The section was entitled "Uncovering Hidden Memories." A new term "hidden memories" was introduced to the entry, but not explained. It then mentioned "a number of techniques" which were not mentioned nor explained. Also, which brands of therapists were being referenced? It then pits therapists against psychologists when stating that psychologists believe the unreferenced techniques of the unreferenced therapists cause memories to be implanted. I agree with in editing out this whole part because it was grossly underwritten. I agree with Hob that the treatment methods should be included. But I would rather have the relevant information included properly, especially when it gets to this controversial stuff.

I have read a lot about this, and have experience with it. But I know that there are many many other who can do a better job at fleshing out this topic fairly. But, as it gets written, I want to see what I like in other trustworthy Wikipedia entries - flatly presenting the issues of the topic.

Hob was upset with the list of things people have remembered from the unreferenced therapy techniques. I don't think anything like that should be included unless the various treatments are mentioned and explained appropriately as they relate to the entry of false memory. Hob then went on to try to convice readers of his point of view. I sincerely hope that the discussion and editing is not geared in this manner. Rather, everyone should focus on what the issues are, what knowledge currently exists in the professional knowledge of the subject, and what should be included. I personally think that "false memory" should be separate from "false memory syndrome" because the current science of memory explains why false memories happen, and the entry should center around the issues of memory and the dynamic assimilation of information that creates our memories and processes which contribute to the correct of incorrect formation of memories. I appreciate's inclusion of ideas like rehearsal, short-, and long-term memory because I feel this should be the main direction of this entry. False memory syndrome is a vastly different topic, and rather multifaceted. The issue of treatment should be discussed, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, etc. And the realities of the two sides - that people really do have traumatic experiences and forget that they happened, and that false memories also do happen.

I think it's entirely possible to get this right. I really love Wikipedia and think the world deserves information, not bias. Oh, and Hob, you can add me as the first person you know that has had a recovered memory confirmed by external sources, "real evidence" as you put it. Nice to meet you. --08:18, 2 Oct 2004 (UTC)gnureality

Whoops - I didn't respond to that back then! My answer to the last sentence: I do not know you, and for me this is just unconfirmed information that may be true or not. --Hob Gadling 18:51, 7 December 2005 (UTC)
Elizabeth Loftus mentions an example of a recovered memory that is confirmed by external sources. "Claims of corroborated repressed memories occasionally appear in the published literature. For example, Mack (1980) reported on a 1955 case involving a 27-year-old borderline man who, during therapy, recovered memories of witnessing his mother attempting to kill herself by hanging. The man's father later confirmed that the mother had attempted suicide several times and that the son had witnessed one attempt when he was 3 years old. The father's confirmation apparently led to a relief of symptoms in the son."
Maybe an example of recovered memories being confirmed as correct should be included in the article somewhere. --MaxMangel 04:30, 8 December 2005 (UTC)
Ah, fine. But that sounds like hearsay to me if it happened in 1955 and Mack (this is probably John E. Mack, who uncovered memories of alien abductions) published it in 1980. Also, it's very meager if put in relation to the hundreds (thousands?) of recovered memory cases in the nineties... Well, better than nothing. --Hob Gadling 09:49, 8 December 2005 (UTC)
Hmm, it is pretty old isn't it. Okay, bad example. I've been looking to find some evidence for an opposing view to balance things out. If anyone knows of a verifiable case where someone repressed severe childhood memories, recovered them later in life, and had them confirmed as correct via physical evidence, then that would be good to add to the article, I would argue. I know the topic is 'false memory' but it is encompassing 'False Memory Syndrome,' which is a recently created term and worth keeping things NPOV as much as we can. --MaxMangel 12:02, 8 December 2005 (UTC)

Reasons for recent edit Edit

I edited this article with the sole intent of cleaning it up in terms of style, removing unclear language, and recasting some of its more uncautious statements into less inflammatory, more objective forms. I have made every effort to retain the writer's intent.

That said, I do think the article lacks substantiation and largely remains an opinion piece. Perhaps the writer will consider reinforcing the most glaring instances of questionable support. For example, regarding false memory syndrome, the writer asserts that "this condition has been studied" and that "sufferers have confessed to 'entirely made up stories'" but does not say how often or rigorously FMS has been studied and provides no references. The article's validity could be shored up tremendously with such support.

I chose to edit this piece because I find the subject matter interesting. I claim no expertise in the field of memory, although I do write and edit medical and scientific works for a living and have performed such related work as helping to line-edit the DSM-IV. Of course, such experience does not qualify me to rewrite this piece--hence my attempt to confine my changes to the issues mentioned. If anything I have done has in fact altered the author's intent, I hope someone will contact me so that I can address the matter.

Jack —This unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs) 19:08, 20 March 2005.

Context and balance Edit

I have a personal interest in this topic, which I will explain below, so I scanned the existing text curiously. Although there were some efforts at NPOV, the external links in particular did not seem properly balanced.

There are sufficient well-documented cases, like those involving satanic rituals and alien abduction, that clearly suggest false memories and those who instill them are a serious problem. The article is a reasonable attempt to describe this.

My own bias — and we all have one — is towards skepticism, though perhaps more moderate than CSICOP. But that also means I'm uncomfortable when I know there are two sides of a story, and only one presented. One of the prominent researchers affirming suppressed memories of trauma is someone I met many years ago, psychologist Jennifer Freyd. Her personal story involves a memory of sexual abuse by her father; this memory arose after I knew her. Two of the founders of the False Memory Syndrome Foundation are her parents, whom I later came to meet independently. They deny the abuse. All three are remarkable, intelligent people; Peter Freyd is a respected mathematician, an expert in category theory. What is the truth? Who should I believe? It is a very uncomfortable position for me; I can hardly imagine what it must be like for them. Were I a juror in a court case, however, I could not in good conscience entirely rely on anyone’s memory. I would want more tangible evidence.

It seems important to explain that false memories can seem as real and compelling as accurate memories. It also seems important to remind people of what we all know, that memory is fallible. What most people do not realize is how complex and creative memory is, and how easily it can be manipulated. For example, one magician can watch another perform, see the “dirty work” clearly, then hear a rapt audience member later describe impossible events that were not what they truly witnessed — but it’s what they remember. Finally, it is important to understand how upset people can become when their memory is challenged, reacting with considerably less aplomb than the central character in Total Recall.

I think the police lineup example is instructive, because more careful control of procedure has had benefits for everyone (except perhaps the guilty). And when DNA evidence conclusively overthrows a rape conviction based on the victim’s mistaken eyewitness identification, it also overthrows a common illusion that such testimony is reliable. Inadvertently, the police were “coaching” the witness, then reinforcing the victim’s belief to support their own. This is exactly what can happen in therapy.

Psychologists use double-blind experimental protocols because they know they cannot trust themselves, a fact well-documented in the history of the field. We should be no less careful about inadvertently creating false memories, because the consequences can be far worse.

This is not the same as declaring which memories are true and which are false. It is more like putting on a jacket when we know it’s extremely cold outside, a common-sense measure to avoid hypothermia.

I have tried to emulate the respect Ray Hyman shows serious researchers in parapsychology, even though he does not agree with their conclusions. With any luck, all sides here will be happy with the additions.

KSmrq 2005 July 1 04:26 (UTC)

Can we rename to False memory syndrome? Edit

Guys: FMS is the TLA for this thing. Let us rename the entry to "False Memory Syndrome" Amorrow 22:04, 23 July 2005 (UTC)

Let's not. They are not at all the same thing. -- Antaeus Feldspar 23:35, 23 July 2005 (UTC)
Please read the previous talk page discussions for an explanation of the chosen title. Essentially, it comes down to NPOV. False memory syndrome is controversial and disputed, false memory alone is not. Fear not, links are provided, for example, to the FMS Foundation web site, and FMS is also well-represented in the article. Since Wikipedia redirects False Memory Syndrome to this article, we have the best of both worlds. Of course, a subject does not have to be uncontroversial and externally validated to have a named page; depending on your views, we have both Invisible Pink Unicorn and Machine Elves. :-) KSmrq 16:14, 2005 July 24 (UTC)

I added a False memory syndrome subsection, so articles can wikilink directly to [False memory#False memory syndrome] --Muchness 04:04, 19 December 2005 (UTC)

"Very vivid" Edit

Please do not insert the sentence about "very vivid" again. When this was done before, I deleted it as redundant (and said so), because the article already said:

  • … false memories can seem as vivid and real as accurate memories

Please read more carefully. Also, please write more carefully. It is not more effective to say "big super giant enormous". The word "vivid" is a superlative needing no amplification; the relevant AHED definition [1] is:

  • Perceived or felt with the freshness of immediate experience: a vivid recollection of their childhood.

Guides to strong writing agree that a single powerful adjective like "vivid" works better than "very vivid"; likewise, "mistaken" works better than "simply mistaken". Beyond that, there is a logic, a sequence of exposition, flowing through the three paragraphs; the inserted sentence is out of place where inserted. The idea is good (which is why it was already stated); the insertion, not good.

I hope this clarifies my objection. (And I'm sorry if I sound like a schoolmarm.) Also, I have revised the section to make it stronger still. --KSmrqT 23:28, 19 October 2005 (UTC)

Thanks for the explanation. I'd buy the "very vivid" with this reservation, its not "super giant enormous". One modifier is sometimes not excessive. A person's own evidence that a memory is true, is often that it is seems very real to them. It is important I feel to make the point, even if it feels exceptionally real, this is not evidence. Just "vivid" alone doesn't (for me) capture that. But its borderline and if you prefer not, then I can accept that.
As for the rest though, I think a full revert isnt in order. The initial sentence of that paragraph, compare:
  • Whether a memory is true or false cannot be determined by whether it is vague or vivid, once forgotten or always remembered.
  • Whether a memory is true or false cannot be determined from how vague, vivid, or emotional it is, or whether it has been newly discovered or always remembered.
The first of those is harder to read (the "once forgotten or always remembered" bit). The second is clearer for me.
And the final sentence:
  • Thus we also need to understand common ways false memories can arise — bad police lineups, poor therapeutic practice, the misinformation effect — and seek to avoid creating them.
For me this lacks a "so that...". Whats this about? Hence I added: "so that the memories which are recalled are as accurate as possible, and are not accidentally made more traumatizing or damaging than they would otherwise have been." Which is the purpose of doing so.
Unless you object, I'll add those back, less the "very" and "extremely" unless you want to discuss that too. FT2 02:34, 20 October 2005 (UTC)
Given the drama that can surround this topic, I'm glad to see we're not so far apart. For me, the sentence "Whether a memory is true or false …" was awkward to compose, and apparently that shows in the result. A previous editor had written:
  • "Continuity of memory is no guarantee of truth, and disruption of memory is no guarantee of falsity."
It's not a bad sentence, but I wanted to move it to a more appropriate spot, and combine it with the "vivid" idea. I don't want to change the meaning, and "newly discovered" is not the same as "disrupted"; it's also sure to be seen as a loaded phrase. (Likewise, underlining "cannot" is provocative of emotion — the last thing a disputed article needs.) The form of the sentence is about duality: false/true, vague/vivid, disrupted/continuous. The content of the sentence is that the veracity of a memory is independent of its quality (but said in plain English). The position of the sentence threatens to interrupt the logical progression of the three paragraphs:
  1. We know memory is unreliable.
  2. Yet false memories are controversial; also traumatic and consequential.
  3. Thus seek corroboration, causes, and prevention.
I want every sentence, every claim, every conclusion of this opening material to be undisputed. The intent is not to argue cases, but to establish a common ground on which a civilized and fruitful discussion can be held. Unfortunately, editors wander by, are inspired to make a point they feel is vital, and just stick it in where the mood strikes them. That's (apparently) how we got this sentence tacked on:
  • "For example, studies have shown that false memories can arise through the misinformation effect."
I don't object to the content; quite the contrary: come one, come all, say what you have to say (documented, of course). Just wait your turn; don't try to cram all points, especially provocative ones, into the "Background" section. For that reason I'd really feel more comfortable moving the whole sentence about "true or false", which is really part of an argument, into a later section. I have resisted that temptation because history shows that yet another impatient editor will soon come along to "fill the vacuum".
I know, this is a long-winded response, a stream-of-consciousness description of the work I invest in writing. To be more concrete:
  • Definitely no "very".
  • I'd like a better wording for the "true or false" sentence, but not the one you propose.
  • The last sentence doesn't need a "so what". The second paragraph has already introduced consequences, the third paragraph is about avoiding them.
One last thought: Rewriting others' words to everyone's satisfaction is a challenging (and thankless) task, especially when the topic is controversial. We need good will and good luck. --KSmrqT 21:12, 20 October 2005 (UTC)

I understand and thank you. I think you're mistaken to full-revert. We are looking at two sentences.
The first sentence, we agree, needs a rewrite, the question is "what is a better wording". We can work that out on the talk page.
The other I understand your logic, but I think either you are mistaken, or this is alluding to a missing piece of information in the 2nd paragraph instead. You say, The second paragraph has already introduced consequences. But there are two aspects to consequences: the direct issues to achieve or avoid, and examples what can go wrong if those fails.
Para.2 describes how false memory can have the effect of traumatic situations arising, pain, hurt, etc etc. But it's not saying the purpose of what is advocated is to avoid trauma etc etc. That would indeed be a repetition. It says that the purpose is to ensure accuracy and not accidentally causing them to become exaggerated... that is "means" whereas para.2 is "end". I hope that kind of clarifies the point as I see it.
What I see as the flow is therefore:
  1. We know memory is unreliable. (para.1)
  2. False memories can be disturbing and traumatic if they occur. (para.2)
  3. Personal belief is not evidence that a memory is accurate.
  4. The preferred solution is to seek corroboration and other evidence.
  5. Since this is not always available, it is important to use careful handling, and be aware how false memories can arise, to help ensure accuracy of recall and that existing memories are not accidentally (or recklessly) degraded.
FT2 01:22, 21 October 2005 (UTC)
Since the one sentence was struggling to carry too much weight, I have made it a paragraph. I just hope it does not provoke additional controversy about what research does or doesn't show. Also, I'm still of the opinion that the last sentence is adequate, but I have amended it a bit nevertheless. --KSmrqT 21:20, 21 October 2005 (UTC)
Not bad at all. I'd go with that as a fix. Couple of tiny edits but overall, it works better for me than the version which was being reverted to. FT2 21:56, 21 October 2005 (UTC)

We should merge this article with Repressed Memory Edit

This is basically the same topic as Repressed memory. In Psychology books they are discussed together. So why do we still have two separate articles? We should merge these two. RK 19:17, 30 November 2005 (UTC)

While it is understandable that a psychology book might place these topics near each other, they are distinct. A memory can be false yet never "repressed". The existence of false memories is well-established; but there is controversy over specific memories and specific methods of "recovery". Experts disagree about whether memories can be repressed. False memory and repressed memory are separate topics that need separate, albeit linked, articles. --KSmrqT 20:14, 30 November 2005 (UTC)

Its better to cite POV Edit

this should be reverted or rewritten. Sam Spade 19:47, 25 December 2005 (UTC)

The article needs better citation all around. I added a few citation tags. --DanielCD 03:41, 2 February 2006 (UTC)

I've reverted a group of edits (diff) that compounded the problem of unsourced assertions. --Muchness 13:34, 3 April 2006 (UTC)

I've sourced what you wanted for The Courage to Heal. Hopefully our anonymous contributer will get themself a login so some productive discussion can occur. I looked over the mass revert and pulled out of it a salvagable sentence, and I sourced it. If Body Memory is to remain out of the article then it must at least stay in the 'See Also,' as it is now. MaxMangel 14:55, 3 April 2006 (UTC)

Remembering which way to change the clocks Edit

A mysteriously common example of false memory seems to be which way round daylight saving time goes. Both the Guardian's TV guide and the Loughborough Echo told thousands of people to change them the wrong way, proving (among many other cases) that there are enough people out there who vividly remember that it's the way round that it isn't.

That said, if my memory is serving me right, then every single instance I've seen of this mistake is of people turning the clocks back in the spring. Why have I seen no sign of people thinking that the clocks go forward in the autumn? -- Smjg 12:10, 26 March 2006 (UTC)

Anti-FMSF sitesEdit

I understand the sentence on AFMSF sites to be an accurate reflection of their views, having visited many myself. I have provided one such site as a source that has dozens of links to others sites and articles that, for at least some of them, are specifically AFMSF. The sentence represents fact and the link supports that fact. I do not see why the link needs to be from an academic source to summarise information which can be gathered directly, in this case, seeing as the sentence is about the opinion of a group of people. If you dispute the sentence, then say so. If you dispute the link, then provide a better one. MaxMangel 00:30, 4 April 2006 (UTC)

We need to exercise care with sources. The site in question is replete with dubious content. On the web, anyone can create a site saying anything they like, but that does not mean we should repeat what they say and link to them as support. Given the highly charged disputes that this topic can provoke, it seems unnecessary and unwise to bring in a deliberately inflammatory site. There is no danger that the FMSF view will be seen as uncontested; the article already clearly states differing views. We want to provide a factual article on false memory, not an unfettered discussion of all the things people say and do around it without scientific grounding. Unless you can provide a good argument to the contrary, I will revert again. --KSmrqT 01:42, 4 April 2006 (UTC)
Elegantly put, but, I contest two points, plus one issue.
  1. I contest that the site can be characterised as 'deliberately inflammatory.' The purpose of the page, at least the one that I linked to, seems to be about providing information of their point of view. From what I can see the information comes from doctors, reporters, similar thinking sites, research papers, and some opinion letters and speeches by various people. Yes, at the bottom it does state 'If you have facts, figures, information which will serve to discredit the False Memory Syndrome Foundation, please let us know!' but, the wording itself is a request for facts. Notably absent is such things like mindless slander, which would discredit this link.
  2. I contest your contention that the content is dubious. The link is to a page with a point of view, plus many links that purportedly support that view, which seems a logical way to structure a perspective on a topic. Whether all the links from the page themselves are dubious is not strongly significant, seeing as the purpose of my link is mostly to show that my sentence on a perspective is accurate.
  3. Finally, I point out that a significant amount of material against FMS has been reverted in this article just now, and I think it is reflective of the point of view of the editors that there is such a hard time getting anti-FMS material into this article, even when that material is, for the most part, simply stating that opposing views exist, and what those views are, within a single sentence. Importantly, those views are held by not a small amount of people within the community that discusses FMS. It seems to me that you wish to dismiss views against FMS as dubious, which exceeds your grounds as an editor. MaxMangel 03:38, 4 April 2006 (UTC)
With regard to the last point: On the contrary, long ago I added much of the balance that exists in the present article, for reasons discussed above on this talk page in the section entitled "Context and balance". Among other things, I added the link to Jim Hopper's page, which represents the kind of solid material we should cite.
As for the site in question, I think the first paragraph alone is anything but a dispassionate consideration of facts. It seeks to arouse through words and phrases like "taking advantage", "society of would-be skeptics", "rudely pokes fun", "dismiss out of hand", and "prepare to get mad". If such a paragraph were inserted into Wikipedia, it would be immediately reverted as not being neutral in tone, nevermind content.
Going once, going twice, … --KSmrqT 04:48, 4 April 2006 (UTC)
The purpose of the link is not to provide access to a body of evidence that opposes the FMSF, but is there to demonstrate the accuracy of the sentence in the article – which is in regards to the opinion of the people who oppose FMSF.
Does it fail to do this? Is the link to a site that is unclear, or non-representative in conveying the opinion of Anti-FMSF people?
Yes, the first paragraph at the site wouldn't be used in the Wiki and it does indeed use emotive phrases(which doesn't mean they are untrue), but I think you overstate the importance of this with regards to the context of the linking. Let's keep this in perspective, the sentence in the article is more important than the link providing supporting evidence, as another link can simply be used as necessary. Do you have a problem with the sentence, or simply the link for the sentence? If you don't have a problem with the sentence, but are worried about the link, then find a better one. If you are against the sentence, then you should say so, rather than just attacking the supporting link. The link seems like a good choice to me because it provides further links to a lot of sources of similar opinion, to which the article sentence is referring to. MaxMangel 08:34, 4 April 2006 (UTC)
No, if you cannot find a science-based non-inflammatory site, we don't care what ones like this may say. It would be like quoting a delusional schizophrenic, namely totally without merit in a factual article. Again, we don't need this sentence, and we certainly don't need this citation. And don't bother telling us how many anti-FMSF sites exist; it's as irrelevant as the number of schizophrenics. Rumor-mongering is no substitute for research. (By the way, does the schizophrenic analogy rankle? For those in the anti-FMSF camp it likely does. The material cited is far more inflammatory, and not in the best interests of this article.) --KSmrqT 10:26, 4 April 2006 (UTC)
A weak analogy and a Straw man argument with exactly the kind of emotive language you were critising just before. You've misrepresented my case in multiple ways. I'm not even sure what you want. If I provide a link that you deem suitably 'non-dubious' - a citation of someone academic critising the FMSF, is that enough for the sentence to stay? With the source no longer the equivalent of a ranting schizophrenic...
I want to be clear about this - is all you're looking for is a better link?(The link would have the same opinion as the current link)--MaxMangel 13:44, 4 April 2006 (UTC)
The emotive language is part my point. It is not appropriate, neither in cited sources, nor article, and preferably not even on this talk page. As for the content, remember that this page is about false memories. We mention the False Memory Syndrome Foundation only for the limited purpose of introducing the proposal of a syndrome. Frankly, I'm inclined to strike all but the first paragraph of the FMS section, but append a sentence to it that says the name was popularized (but not coined) by the FMSF, as documented on that site. If someone wants to start an article on the FMSF, fine; but this article is about false memory. --KSmrqT 21:36, 4 April 2006 (UTC)
To be clear, I'm not terribly interested in any criticism of the FMSF nor its founders nor its board — not for this article. I am interested in scholarly discussions of the validity of a False Memory Syndrome, however the term "syndrome" is interpreted. (And note that FMSF itself discusses differing interpretations of what it should mean in this context.) The concept could have been popularized by raving lunatics, yet still be scientifically valid, or promoted by respected academics, yet ultimately found to be without merit. --KSmrqT 21:50, 4 April 2006 (UTC)
Okay. I will start the stub. --MaxMangel 23:48, 4 April 2006 (UTC)
Great; works for me. And just in time — the indents were getting deep! :-D --KSmrqT 00:29, 5 April 2006 (UTC)

New edits Edit

I am the one who made the major attempt at editing this article tonight. While I am not totally happy with it as it stand, I am proud to have made a difference in what was a heavily biased piece. I approve of your attempts to keep it neat, and hope that this article can either be massively rehauled to remove all the pro-FMSF editorial, or given many, many additional citations. One major source (Loftus) is not enough to ground such a long piece. —This unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs) 06:21, 4 April 2006.

I have added several Citation Needed to demonstrate that, citations are needed. To begin your sentence with "Research suggests" - this phrase is seen FOUR times with no supporting evidence- you MUST have some sort of research link, or else the sentence should read "I speculate that.." or "Some people believe that...".

Unless responding to a prior comment, please add new comments at the bottom of the talk page. The "+" button provides a convenient way to start a topic with a new header. Thanks. --KSmrqT 04:12, 5 April 2006 (UTC)
Please do not try to force us to append a citation to every statement. We have numerous references and links at the bottom of the page for just this purpose. Furthermore, many of the tagged assertions are uncontroversial in the standard scientific literature. There is even a helpful episode of Scientific American Frontiers called "Don't Forget!" in which Alan Alda not only discusses many of these matters with memory researchers, but shows the viewer what it's like to be a subject in a memory manipulation experiment. --KSmrqT 04:26, 5 April 2006 (UTC)
uncontroversial?!??!! you have got to be kidding!? —This unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs) 15:49, 6 April 2006.

Use of "we", caps Edit

It is not necessary to eliminate all use of "we". The sentence about sense of identity is a particularly good place to use it. For some reason many technical writers either use it too much or too little.

The terms Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Dissociative Identity Disorder presumably are capitalized to link them to their abbreviations, e.g. PTSD. However, this is not essential, and earlier use of the former eschews caps (and hypenates). --KSmrqT 10:49, 8 April 2006 (UTC)

I was under the impression that the use of personal pronouns was not recommended in WP articles, but reviewing the Manual of Style guidelines you're correct, this is a legitimate exception. --Muchness 11:50, 8 April 2006 (UTC)

Passing commentEdit

Just some feedback from a first time reader of this article: it doesn't seem to achieve a NPOV. It attempts it; but it doesn't achieve it.

Ironically, the article seems to question the emotionalism of FSM enthusiasts...only to replace that emotionalism with the equally faint-praise damnation of cool scientific skepticism. "There does seem to be such a thing as repressed memory, but [with all the problems with RMT and other pollutants] one can't rely on such evidence without corroborating facts". That statement might be true but it isn't NPOV. The correct expression, it seems to me, is that skeptics distrust such evidence without corroborating facts, while advocates are concerned with justice for what may be victims.

Can an NPOV be achieved? Methinks the problem stems--as one reader has already pointed out--from the starting negative assertion in the title: you're playing with fire. Why create difficulties for NPOV? Yes, this may be a recognizable topic in scientific circles but the goals of Wikipedia are not necessarily best served by having a separate topic here.

IMHO this issue can be better discussed as a subheading of Repressed Memories--evidence for, and problems in reassembling without corruption of those memories. The 'heated debate' generated by the rage of abuse victims at having their evidence questioned, and the equally justified rage of unjustly accused parents...can be mentioned without being indulged. 17:14, 13 May 2006 (UTC)John

Thanks for stopping by. A firm decision has already been made to distinguish false memories from repressed memories, both as facts and as articles. --KSmrqT 18:06, 13 May 2006 (UTC)

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