False Memory Syndrome and Ritual Satanic Abuse
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Lengthy replies by me during a newsgroup exchange following an initial recommendation of D. Corydon Hammond's Handbook of Hypnotic Metaphors:
Very entertaining guy this Corydon Hammond....and a superhero to boot, saving the world from the
evil "Mr. Green"
"Alpha represents general programming. Beta appear to be sexual programs such as how to perform oral sex in a certain way or how to produce and direct child pornography films or run child prostitution rings. Delta are killers. Delter-alters are trained how to kill in ceremonies and also do some self harm stuff. Theta are psychic killers. This comes from their beleif in psychic abilities including their beleif that they can make someone develop a brain tumour and die. Omega are self-destruct programs that can make the patient self mutilate or kill themselves. Gamma systems are protection and deceptions programs which provide misinformation to try and misdirect you. There are also other greek letter programs. Zeta has to do with the production of snuff films. Omicron has to do with their association with Mafia, big business and governement leaders. You should go through the Greek alphabet [with your patients]...these programs make a robot shell come down over the alter and make them perform acts in a robotic fashion."
From Hammond's address to The 4th Annual Regional conference on Abuse and Multiple Personality Disorder.
Cited from "Making Monsters. False memories, Psychotherapy and Sexual Hysteria" By Richard Ofshe and Ethan Watters.
Hammond's own personal entries into his "Handbook" would be hysterical if they weren`t so tragic for his patients.
Andrew "must be in denial" Austin.
Marcelle B Abela wrote:
>>> May I please ask you where you obtained that stuff?<<<
Sure. Check out pretty much any of the texts, including Hammond's own work on Multiple Personality Disorder (increasingly referred to as "Dissociative Identity Disorder"), Ritual Satanic Abuse and Repressed Memory ("Massive Repression").
Corydon Hammond's "work" is an example of what happens when therapists go playing detective and fail to see what they are creating in their clients.
For a fuller picture, check out:
"Making Monsters" Richard Ofshe and Ethan Watters.
"The Myth Of Repressed Memory." By Dr. Elizabeth Loftus.
"Suggestions of Abuse" by Michael D. Yapko.
"Victims of Memory." Mark Pendergrast.
Hope this helps.
>>> The big red book is a dandy...even if Hammond is a pain in the .... <<<
Agreed. Problem is that it presents a lot of information within the context of being an authorative text that can easily mislead the reader.
Most hypnotists i meet rarely know the theology behind the concepts of the "repressed memory" agenda of "massive repression", "Trauma" and "dissociation".
If you have the handbook handy, turn to page, 334 and take a peek at "Saying Goodbye to the Abused Child: An Approach for Use with Victims of Child Abuse and Trauma" Ronald A. Havens, PhD advises:
"This metaphoric procedure is not recomended for use with borderline personality disorder or with schizophrenic patients."
Surely we have evolved beyond the diagnostic game and the application of a "technique" to a specific "diagnosis"?
Turn to page 339. "A Fusion ritual in Treating Multiple Personality Disorder" by Richard P. Kluft, MD and continue reading on for the next few pages until you reach the check list on page 347-348.
If you have no idea why i find these pages, (amongst others) so disturbing then please take a look through the books i referred to in the previous postings. The evolution of MPD and the "satanic panic" fanatics within psychiatry/psychotherapy is something I beleive all therapists should study and be aware of, and certainly is something that no therapist can afford to ignore.
Please feel free to email me direct with any further queries. (My newsgroup server has a tendancy to randomly trash postings, without pattern, so i often miss the replies).
As an afterthought for those who haven`t got the Handbook, i post the following (before you part with your cash):-
D. Corydon Hammond, Phd.
Metaphors with Multiple Personality and Trauma Patients.
SETTING A BROKEN BONE AND LANCING A WOUND.
[This has proven to be a useful metaphor in preparing a victim of trauma forthe painful abreactive work of reliving a past event.] The work that we have to do is very much like what must happen after a child breaks her leg, or an adult has a painful, infected wound that must be lanced. The physician doesn`t want to cause the patient pain. but he/she knows that if he/she doesn`t set the bone or lance the wound, the patient will continue to hurt for even longer, and will remain disabled and never recover properly and normally. It`s hard and painful for the physician to do that procedure and create pain through setting that bone or lancing that wound. But it`s an act of caring, that allows healing to take place. And this process of facing painful memories and feelings from the past will be painful for a short time, just like setting a bone. But, then you won't have to continue hurting from what happened and healing can finally take place.
Surely, i am not the only one who can see this for what it really is?
I think you miss my point. It is not about how beautifully written the passage is, but about the very concept of "treating" "DID/MPD".
I find it surprising that people still do not know that the elicitation of the information/diagnosis of DID/MPD is the very thing that installs it as a strategy in the client.
DID/MPD is an iatrogenic syndrome, that is induced by the therapists, the same therapists that are trying to cure it. Which is paradoxical, to say the least.
Whilst Hammond has quoted some BIG names in therapy (including all those with PhD`s...ooooh! :o) the book is quite clearly a representation of his own rather disturbed world and of little value unless you buy into the whole diagnostic game ("diagnosis" means "cure" can occur) and the entire DID/MPD theology.
Abreaction to "heal" trauma? Oh please. I always kinda felt that maybe the first episode was bad enough. Most P.T.S.D. type patients I have met didn`t have trouble remembering, they had trouble forgetting about it.
Hammond presents his work well. The introductory chapters on the types of suggestion are well written, but that does not mean that what he writes or presents is of any benefit.
Marcelle B Abela wrote:
> It is just great when a healthy discussion comes along, instead of just flames! I in turn disagree with you that just by a therapist projecting DID you will actually create one!
You talk of things such as "projecting DID" - but I doubt that this is what actually happens. Although, undoubtedly DID/MPD is an artifact of specific types of "therapy". Previously, I wrote of the "theology" of the DID/MPD movement, i call it this because of the complexities involved.
First, we start off with the assumption that people are capable of a mechanism called "massive repression" - in basic terms this means that people experience something so horrible that their brain goes "ugh" and represses the memory. Next we assume, that massive repression causes the unconscious mind to brood a bit, so that later in life, all sorts of horrible problems are caused by the repression of such problems (especially depressions and eating disorders and deliberate self harm). Next, and here is the important bit, we construct a belief system that only by *reliving* this trauma will the person be healed.
In order to explain some of the nuances of these therapeutic beliefs, a second level theology emerged. It is this: Some people simply cannot *remember* the trauma, despite our best efforts to coax them to therefore *splitting* occurs: in order to cope with the trauma, the childs personality <splits> in order to pretend that the horrible abuse is happening to someone else.
Voila: The person must have a multiple personality.
Now come on, you people as hypnotists *must* realise the presuppostitions here: What sort of people are going to contact these therapists?
Groups are self-selecting, most people who recognise this bull*** for what it really is would rapidly leave after a few sessions.....
Go and watch a recovered memory therapist work, listen to the loading and presuppositions beings used. Clients who don`t volunteer the *relevent* information are coaxed. Clients respond very well when their therapists approve of them. No coercion is needed here.
What is so beautifully done with the *installation* of DID/MPD is that it is carried out so insidiously - time does not permit me to describe how this is done, but basically it is the *elicitation* of the information about DID/MPD that *installs* the presuppositions, even with such innocuous questions such as, "Can you remember ever being abused...?" (Raised eyebrow), "Is there anyone inside you afraid of crucifixes..?" etc.
Master Practitioners of NLP learn how to use their 'information gathering tool' - the meta-model - as a means of installing the solution - depending on the questions you ask, will directionalise the clients transderivation. From experience, a great many therapists fail to realise they do this routinely - not necessarily to their clients benefit.
Marcelle writes:>>> The patient would have to have an originally extremely fragile ego to start off with, although some degree of harm would very naturally be done.<<<
This presupposition needs addressing. To talk of things such as "needing a...fragile ego to start off with" is not so far from the truth (if only I believed in things like "ego"). The people who go for recovered memory therapy and all that that entails are likely to already be presupposing that they have been abused etc. Some of these people *really* will have been...
In the 80`s the *recovery* movement was in full swing. A book emerged called "The Courage To Heal" which became the bible of the recovery movement. The message was simple: If you think you have been abused, then you were. and that means you need *therapy*
Clients having read these books, or knowing of friends who had *entered therapy* would begin questioning their own histories. Here in the UK, the law was changed so that there was no longer a "time out" on bringing a case for sexual abuse against someone. Therapists playing at being a detective were soon discovering that hords of people all demonstrated the same symptoms. This established a positive feedback loop/mechanism and the "satanic panic" followed. Therapists started positing theories to explain the phenomena they were experiencing - the whole time looking at their clients responses, rather than at their own actions.
I think you are mixing up dissociated ego states with DID, which former are a completely different thing.
"Dissociated ego states" is metaphor that is unlikely to be able to be represented at a neurological level, which makes it a "different thing". all these things are belief systems of the therapists involved. For example, the only people that have three little people running around inside them (adult, parent, child) are those people exposed to TA therapy - before Freud, how did we all get along without Ids and Egos?
A clincher for the recovery movement is this beautifully worked bit of theory: Two people can be sat in a room together, sharing a cup of tea. Both potentially have DID/MPD and don`t know it. Just hours before they were both "at it" abusing one another like satanists, but that wasn`t them, it was their "alters" - now, other alters are present, and neither person can remember it.
This explains why so many people not only denied that they had repeatedly satanically abused their children, using them as "brood mares" for foetal sacrifices, but why entire communities had no memory of it, despite all being involved in the massive conspiracy.
What is most shocking, in the medical literature (The ABC of Abuse) - nice little photographs demonstrate how to insert a cold metal prod (the handle of a spoon) into the anus of a child suspected of being abused - this "diagnostic test" became known as the "anal wink" test - apparently, the sphincter of an abused child will "clamp" harder. Sheesh!!! - apparently, doing this and photographing it for the book is not itself an abuse, it is part of therapy - but like the recovered memory therapists, these doctors were looking in the wrong place to explain the phenomena they were experiencing.
In the "Cleveland Scandal" here in the UK - this was the "test" carried out on unwilling children after teachers diagnosed possible abuse from children drawing scarey pictures on halloween. On the Orkney Isles, in a similar satanic panic, where a large number of children were snatched in dawn raids, entire communities were suspected of participating in the abuse - the conspiracy *must* have been big - how else could they have hidden the evidence so well?
All this chaos, which is still going on to a degree (it calmed down, now seems to be rearing up again here in the UK) was created by therapists playing at being detectives and failing to observe accurately the results of what they were doing.
Here`s the saddest part.
Even if you take someone who *has* been abused - even someone who was abused before memory thresholds (i.e. prior to age 3ish) and expose them to "recovered memory" "therapy" - all the research demonstrates that you will turn them into a more dysfunctional person. The suicide rates, divorce rates, depression, unemployment, etc. are all higher for people undergoing recovered memory therapy, than before they started. The therapists observe this rapid deterioration, and believe either that "we are really getting somewhere, we are getting you *in touch* with your true feelings" or that the deterioration proves that they were right all along.
Ignorance of these issues is not acceptable. An understanding of how the satanic panic emerged, and what happens during these "therapy" sessions, will teach you a lot about your own practice. Given the seriousness of what happened to a good many people, many of whom have had their lives destroyed by "therapy", I do not beleive that anyone can afford to ignore the warnings of what occured in the late 80`s/90's.
Regards to all,
Video: Dissociative Identity Disorder???
To read the incredible "Greenbaum" speech delivered by the blithering D. Corydon Hammond, follow this link.