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[This excerpt is from Survivor Psychology: The Dark Side of a Mental Health Mission by Susan Smith, pp. 142-143. Upton Books and SIRS Mandarin, Boca Raton, FL. Copyright (c) 1995. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. Read our review or order it from]

Survivor Logic and the Sale of Dissociative Disorders

The three predominant survivor logic themes and sales tactics evident in the works of survivor psychologists dealing with the issues of dissociative disorders are based on Principle 2 of survivor logic--the opposing argument or evidence becomes the proof. The marketing of dissociative disorders will be covered under the following subheadings:

1. The sales and promotion of the MPD hypothesis.

2. Sexual abuse, repressed memories, MPD and Satanism-the dynamics preceding their appearance and the rationales for lack of evidence.

3. The misdiagnosed schizophrenic hypothesis and the assumpfion that delusional accounts are true because they are similar.

4. Sexual abuse, Satanism, schizophrenia and survivor logic.

5. Denial and conspiracy theories.

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