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false memory

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Definition of false memory in English:

noun

Psychology
An apparent recollection of an event which did not actually occur, especially one of childhood sexual abuse arising from suggestion during psychoanalysis: [as modifier]: false memory syndrome
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  • Suggestion may even induce false memories of abuse.
  • In any experiment some subjects will sometimes be very confident that their false memory is actually true and report the memory as being quite vivid.
  • Several professional organizations are now cautioning therapists that by being too directive they might inadvertently be implanting false memories in their clients.

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