Funny how headlines can spark a writer's imagination. Gini Graham Scott, PhD outlines the issue of whether-or-not people can plant false memories in others. We learn the history of the debate and the legalities involved...and then she takes the issue for a lively ride...
LAWSUIT OVER (DISTURBING)FALSE MEMORIES
How about some good ones?
Gini Graham Scott, PhD
While the therapist and treatment center have denied doing any such thing, the False Memory Center, founded in 1992, supports the position that false memories can result from a variety of influences, such as the opinion of an authority figure, information repeated in a culture, and an individual wanting to please or conform. And creative imaginative people can find it especially easy to come up with all sorts of images in response to being influenced. So it is possible to possible to implant memories, including witnessing a demonic possession or being abused.
Well, assuming all of that is true about being able to implant all of these horrible memories, my question is what about the possibility of implanting good memories? Then, rather than wanting to sue their therapists or others implanting such memories, people might actually like to have such good memories, even if they are false, implanted in them. And the experience of these memories might be so powerful, that they might feel very real – or at least for a time, while they savor that great experience.
Then, if that’s the case, I could even imagine some entrepreneur creating a business of implanting good memories for someone to enjoy. For example, suppose one wants to remember a joyous experience of going somewhere with a romantic partner? What if one wants to recall wonderful childhood experiences with one’s friends or parents? Or what about recalling how one won the lottery and had a wonderful time going to fine restaurants and traveling to exotic destinations all over the world. One could even have exciting memories of past lives as other people. The possibilities are endless. Whoever is implanting the memories just has to find out what kind of positive memories someone wants to have and then use a deep hypnotic state to implant them, much like the therapists accused of planting false memories of abuse or ritual membership are supposed to have done.
Gini Graham Scott, PhD, is the author of over 50 books and a speaker/seminar leader, specializing in social trends, work relationships, professional development, and writing and publishing books. Her latest books include THE TRUTH ABOUT LYING; WANT IT, SEE IT, GET IT!; and USING LINKEDIN TO PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS OR YOURSELF. She also helps clients write, publish, and promote their own books and find publishers and agents through Changemakers Publishing and Writing. She has a publishing company Changemakers Publishing and writes screenplays, both her own and for clients. Her Websites are at http://www.changemakerspublishingandwriting.com and http://www.ginigrahamscott.com.