False Accusations, and
"I have done that," says my memory. "I cannot have done that," says my pride and remains adamant--at last memory yields.
Memory belongs to the imagination. Human memory is not like a computer which records things; it is part of the imaginative process, on the same terms as invention.
The phenomenon of recovered memories is now attracting considerable interest in the United States. People are remembering events from their childhoods, events that include crimes of violence and sexual abuse. These memories, often recovered in psychotherapy, have led to painful disruptions of families, lawsuits, and even criminal prosecution. How do we examine this whole area of recovered memories in the context of lying? The issue of child abuse is