|Dr. Tana Dineen, in her book Manufacturing Victims (ISBN
1-895854-58-X, Robert Davis Publishing, 1996, http://www.rdppub.com, e-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org) makes an indictment of the psychological industry and its successful
attempts in turning people into victims while the harm thats being done by the
psychological industry to our society is immeasurable.
chapter Selling Psychology as Science, at the end of the section Abuse
of Numbers, in which she provides a number of examples of number abuse -- amongst
them the infamous example of the rape of numbers that was provided by the
report Changing the Landscape: Ending Violence -- Achieving Equality, Final Report
of the Canadian Panel on Violence Against Women, Statistics Canada, November
1993, she comments as follows (page 142):
While this study serves as an example of the misuse of data and statistics to support a
strong bias and a political cause, it is by no means alone in doing this.40
Gilbert refers to such estimates and data as advocacy numbers,
figures that embody less an effort at scientific understanding than an attempt to persuade
the public that a problem is vastly larger than commonly recognized. Advocacy numbers are
derived not through outright deceit but through a more subtle process of distortion. Under
the veil of social science, rigorous research methods are employed to measure a problem
defined so broadly that it forms a vessel into which almost any human difficulty can
be poured.41 Research findings, just because they appear in journals,
have lots of numbers, receive government support or are reported in the media, are
not necessarily scientific. The Psychology Industry is very effective in mis-using its
numbers to support its views and to sell itself.
40. Another example is found in an oft-quoted study sponsored by Ms. magazine which
stated that 25% of all women have been raped by the time they are in college. However,
this figure was based on a question which did not ask women if they had been raped but
rather whether they had ever given in to sexual intercourse when (they) didnt
want to because (they) were overwhelmed by a mans continual arguments and
pressure. 73% of these women, who were categorized as rape victims, did not define
their experience as rape. It was Mary Koss, the psychologist conducting the
study, who defined it as rape stating that the women themselves didnt recognize what
had really happened to them. Katie Roiphe, in her book The Morning After, concluded that
this spoke more about change in sexual politic than about sexual behaviour or violence.
See Koss, Mary, Gidycz, Christine A., and Wisniewski, Nadine. The Scope of Rape:
Incidence and Prevalence of Sexual Aggression and Victimization in a National Sample of
Higher Education Students. Journal of Consukingand Clinical Psychology, 55(2), 1987,
p.162-70; and Roiphe, p.52.
41. Gilbert, Neil. The phantom epidemic of sexual assault. The Public
Interest, 1991, 103, p. 63.
In the section titled Psychotherapy Evaluation, Dr. Dineen cites from a
letter by Loftus, Grant, Franklin, Parr, and Brown, in which they reported the results of
a preliminary study investigating a number of outcome effects of therapy
focussing on repressed memories, and the costs involved (page 161):
In 1990, Washington State permitted individuals to seek treatment
under the Crime Victim Act if they claimed previously repressed memory for childhood
sexual abuse. From 1991 - 1995, 670 repressed memory claims were filed. Of these 325 (49%)
In the study, a nurse consultant (LP) reviewed 183 of these claims. Of
these, 30 were randomly selected for a preliminary profile. Some of the
findings of this analysis are reported here. The sample was almost exclusively female
(29/30 = 97%) and Caucasian (29/30 = 97%), with ages ranging from 15 to 67 yrs with a mean
of 43 yrs.
The women (and one man) saw primarily Masters level therapists (26/30 =
87%), although 2 saw a Ph.D., 2 saw an MD, and 6 saw a Masters level therapist in
conjunction with an MD. The first memory surfaced during therapy in 26 cases (26/30 = 87%)
All 30 were still in therapy three years after their first memory surfaced. Over half were
still in therapy five years after the first memory surfaced (18/30 = 60%).
Prior to memories, only 3 (10%) exhibited suicidal ideation or
attempts; after memories, 20 (67%) exhibited suicidal ideation or attempts. Prior to
memories, only 2 (7%) had been hospitalized; after memories, 11 (37%) had been
hospitalized. Prior to memories, only 1 (3%) had engaged in self-mutilation; after
memories 8 (27%) had engaged in self-mutilation.
Virtually all the patients (29/30 = 97%) contended they had been abused
in satanic rituals. They claimed their abuse began when they were, on average, 7 months
old. Parents and other family members were allegedly involved in the ritualistic abuse in
all cases (29 /29); Most remembered birth and infant cannibalism (22/29 = 76%) and
consuming body parts (22/29 = 76%); The majority remembered being tortured with spiders
(2()/29 = 69%). All remembered torture or mutilation (29/29). There were no medical exams
corroborating the torture or mutilation.
The sample of (mostly) women was fairly well educated, and most had
been employed before entering therapy (25/30 = 83%), many of them in the health-care
industry (15/30) . Three years into therapy, only 3 of 30 (10%) were still employed. Of
the 30, 23 (77%) were married before they entered therapy and got their first memory;
Within three years of this time, 11/23 (48%) were separated or divorced. Seven (23%) lost
custody of minor children; All (30/30) were estranged from their extended families.
Whereas the average cost of a mental health claim in the Crime Victim
Compensation Program that did not involve repressed memory was $2,672, the average cost
for the 183 repressed memory claims was dramatically higher: $12,296.
It seems to me that the psychologists involved in the therapy of these victims of a
money-hungry industry used a manual of indicators of satanic ritualistic abuse that is
very similar to that applied by the social workers and psychologists who laid the charges
of satanic ritualistic abuse in the Broxtowe Case in Nottinghamshire, U.K. (See JET Report
But then, why should anyone be surprised at this. In the JET report it states that of the
300 or so representatives of the Psychological Industry at a London conference, 97% stated
that they truly believe that satanic ritualistic abuse is a reality, although it has not
been proven yet that such conspiracies have happened in any of the cases that have been
brought into the courts. It seems that to become a psychologist one must suspend all
common sense and embrace the belief of the absurd.
Dr. Dineen ends this section in that chapter of her book with this comment:
In many ways it becomes an enthralling dance of the patient and therapist, each
responding to the moves and sways of the other and each believing that they are getting
somewhere together. But when the music stops, the dance is over and therapy is finished,
the most likely conclusion is that they aren't much further ahead, that they are about
where they began, with both just a little tireder and one a little (or a lot) poorer and
the other a little (or a lot) richer.
To me it seems that we have not yet come out of the dark ages. There may be little hope
that we will manage to do that, unless we forget about trying to supplant the methods of
the Inquisition with those of the Psychological Industry. If you ask me, I think that the
people under the Spanish inquisition were better off than we are now. Just compare the
60,000 victims that were prosecuted during the 600 years of the Spanish Inquisition with
the 3 million annual victims of virtually almost always false abuse allegations of
todays witch hunt in the U.S.A. alone, a witch hunt that is instigated by the
psychologist-inspired search for victimhood. It is too bad, but perhaps out of the scope
of Dr. Dineens book, that she did not consider that aspect of the social costs of
the art (claimed by some to be a science) of psychology. Then again maybe Ill find
appropriate comments as I work my way toward the end of her book -- its fascinating!