by Hans TenDam
Dr. Hans TenDam shares his thoughts and experiences about the so-called “false memory syndrome,” something of concern to all past-life therapists and, in fact, to all who use altered states in their work. Dr. TenDam grounds his theories in what he has actually seen with clients.
The False Memory Syndrome is a bogeyman hindering the acceptance of our profession. It has been discovered that clients who graphically “relived” sexual abuse by a parent when they were very young, had often “remembered” something that did not happen. It has led to court cases and negative publicity. It sometimes leads also to extra work for us as therapists. I have had several clients utterly shaken because of the false accusations of a daughter. The therapist or psychiatrist involved had worsened things further by prohibiting the daughter from having any contact with her denying parents anymore. Yet upon investigation, the daughter’s claims proved to be totally unfounded.
This is not to say that sexual abuse of children does not occur. Sadly, it does occur, and sometimes the accusations are found to be true. But as we all know, it is possible for a therapist to lead a troubled client into so-called “memories” of childhood abuse through the misuse of hypnosis and repeated “leading” suggestions over many sessions.