RECOVERING MEMORIES OF A MURDER BY A CHILD, OR “GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER”

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Abstract

The controversial importance of recovered memories in psychoanalytic treatment is examined through the uncovering of memories of an adult who committed a crime as a child. The dynamics of repressed memories are significant to the theory and practice of psychoanalysis, yet there are few examples that examine their validity. Mr. T offered a unique opportunity to examine the effects of a violent event in a child's history, its effect on his developmental progressions and the appearance of “motives” that coincided with transference dynamics.

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