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false-memory syndrome

[fawls-mem-uh-ree] /ˈfɔlsˈmɛm ə ri/
noun
1.
a psychological condition in which a person believes that he or she remembers events that have not actually occurred.
Compare recovered memory.
Origin
1990-1995
1990-95
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British Dictionary definitions for false memory syndrome

false memory syndrome

noun
1.
an alleged condition in which a person undergoing psychotherapy erroneously believes in traumatic events in his or her childhood See also recovered memory
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Encyclopedia Article for false memory syndrome

the experience, usually in the context of adult psychotherapy, of seeming to remember events that never actually occurred. These pseudomemories are often quite vivid and emotionally charged, especially those representing acts of abuse or violence committed against the subject during childhood.

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