false memory syndrome

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A condition in which a person's identity and personal relationships are strongly influenced by an objectively false but strongly believed memory of a traumatic experience, such as an objectively false recollection of sexual abuse by a parent or other relative or abduction by alien beings. See false memory. See also constructive memory, eyewitness misinformation effect, infantile amnesia, paramnesia (1), Piaget kidnapping memory, reconstructive memory, recovered memory. FMS abbrev.

Subjects: Psychology.

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