[This excerpt is from Second
Thoughts: Understanding the False Memory Crisis and How It Could Affect
You, pp. 25-26, by Paul Simpson. Thomas Nelson Publishers, Atlanta,
GA. Copyright (c) 1996. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. Read
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So who are the people that promote regressionism? On a national level
there are four social groups: feminists, Christians, New Agers, and
Science-fiction advocates. In my work with regressionists, I've
noticed that the different regression camps (much like competing denominations)
tend to not get along with each other. Each group is certain that
it's the real thing while the other "denominations" are ruining credibility
for actual victims. Feminists assert their hypnotic images are authentic
and wish the space alien advocates would quit making their outrageous claims.
Meanwhile, ritual abuse believers are often Christians who side with the
feminists, but take offense at the stories of the New Agers who journey
into past lives. The New Agers, who side with the space alien advocates,
are disgusted by the Christians who are so closed-minded. In last
place, the space alien advocates get the least respect and just want to
be invited to the party.
As I've talked with regressionists from the different "denominations,"
I've found they take great offense at being associated with the others."
Usually they'll ask me to quit bringing up the other denominations and
stick with their particular camp (which is, of course, the legitimate one).
Interestingly, when I ask one camp about other forms of repressed memories,
they explain them to their own particular worldview. The feminists
tell me that recovered memories of space alien traumas are due to an abused
child's distortion of actual sexual abuse. The Christian regressionists
agree with the feminists but point out that space alien abductions are
actually satanic ritual abuses in which the victim has been preprogrammed
to see the cult members as space aliens. Meanwhile, the Science-fiction
advocates tell me that ritual abuse believers are actually seeing traumas
on spaceships but because of religious bias are mistaking the images as
being satanic in nature. The New Age believers agree with the Sdence-fiction
advocates and feminists, but think that the Christians are misguided fanatics
and that satanic ritual abuse (SRA) is actually space alien and past life
trauma that has been distorted.
Of particular interest to me is the fact that a regression believer
never tells me that the other denominations are having false memories.
Contrary memories are always explained as a distortion of a "real abuse
event" ("real abuse" being defined by the person I'm talking to).
To allow for the possibility of false memories, at any level, is to ultimately
endanger one's own denomination--"If it could be false in their case, it
could be false in mine." Therefore, the underlying belief in repressed
memories is always affirmed, while discrepancies are reshaped into each
camp's particular world conspiracy.
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