Kavanaugh Carnival: Ford's Paper On "Creating Artificial Memories"

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Posted: Oct 02, 2018 10:13 AM
Kavanaugh Carnival: Ford's Paper On "Creating Artificial Memories"

The carnival continues with interesting twists such as Ford's paper about using self-hypnosis to create memories.

The Federalist reports Kavanaugh Accuser Co-Authored Study Citing Use of Hypnosis to Retrieve Memories.

Christine Blasey Ford, a California woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of attempted rape in the 1980’s, co-authored an academic study that cited the use of hypnosis as a tool to retrieve memories in traumatized patients. The academic paper, entitled “Meditation With Yoga, Group Therapy With Hypnosis, and Psychoeducation for Long-Term Depressed Mood: A Randomized Pilot Trial,” described the results of a study the tested the efficacy of certain treatments on 46 depressed individuals. The study was published by the Journal of Clinical Psychology in May 2008.

While the paper by Ford and several other co-authors focused on whether various therapeutic techniques, including hypnosis, alleviate depression, it also discussed the therapeutic use of hypnosis to “assist in the retrieval of important memories” and to “create artificial situations” to assist in treatment.

Ford’s paper cited a controversial 1964 paper on the use of hypnosis to treat alcoholics and claimed that “hypnosis could be used to improve rapport in the therapeutic relationship, assist in the retrieval of important memories, and create artificial situations that would permit the client to express ego-dystonic emotions in a safe manner.” The study by Ford and her co-authors also used “self-hypnosis” to help treat their randomized sample of patients.

The 2004 text by Spiegel and Spiegel referenced by Ford and her fellow researchers discusses in detail the use of hypnotism, and even self-hypnotism, to recover memories from traumatic episodes.

“Remember that all hypnosis is really self-hypnosis,” the authors of the referenced 2004 text on hypnotism wrote. “[T]herefore, therapists are only tapping into their patients’ natural ability to enter trance state.”

The authors noted that hypnosis as a means of recovering traumatic memories could also lead to the “contamination” of those memories.

“Patients are highly suggestible and easily subject to memory contamination,” they noted.

Ex-Kavanaugh Classmate Confirms FBI Interview

The Hill reports Ex-Kavanaugh Classmate Confirms FBI Interview

The lawyer for Patrick J. Smyth, a former classmate of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, confirmed on Monday that his client has spoken to the FBI as part of its investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh.

Eric Bruce, the attorney representing Smyth, said in a statement that Smyth reiterated his previous claim that he does not remember the party where Christine Blasey Ford claims Kavanaugh attacked her.

"He truthfully answered every question the FBI asked him and, consistent with the information he previously provided to the Senate Judiciary Committee, he indicated that he has no knowledge of the small party or gathering described by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, nor does he have any knowledge of the allegations of improper conduct she has leveled against Brett Kavanaugh," the statement concluded.

Kavanaugh Accuser Backtracks on Key Assault Claims in NBC Interview

ZeroHedge reports "I Don't Know What He Did" - Kavanaugh Accuser Backtracks

In an interview with NBC news, Swetnick said that while she saw Kavanaugh aggressively hit on women at parties, she denied that she actually witnessed him participate in the rapes. She also said Kavanaugh wasn't a member of a group of boys who assaulted her during one of these parties.

She added that Kavanaugh is an "admitted blackout drunk and drug addict."

Excuse me for asking but when did Kavanaugh ever admit to either of those charges? And what about her changing story?

Swetnick's interviewer, Kate Snow, noted this before the interview and added that some details of Swetnick's account differed from her sworn affidavit.

"NBC News, for the record, has not been able to independently verify her claims. There are things she told us on camera that differ from her written statements last week."

Her lawyer, Avenatti insists that his client has been 100% truthful.

Excuse me for asking, but is that now or then, or neither?

Carnival Continues

With nearly everyone's mind made up, despite the inconsistencies, the carnival will continue culminating in a final vote later this week or next.

This Week Says McConnell

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said the Senate will hold a Vote on Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court Nomination This Week.

Conspiracy Theory

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Monday accused NBC of being a "co-conspirator" in an attempt to bring down Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

"They’ve been a co-conspirator in the destruction of Kavanaugh from my point of view," Graham said during an appearance on Fox News's "Hannity."

Flake on 60 Minutes

The spotlight is on Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.).

It appears increasingly likely that the vote will come down to Flake. He likes being in the news. He gave a positive vote for Kavanaugh in the Senate Judiciary Committee only to immediately start questioning Kavanaugh.

Flake next said that if he was not retiring (some believe to run for president) that he would never have been able to question Kavanaugh.

Consider this 60 Minutes Exchange of Flake and Scott Pelley of "60 Minutes:"

PELLEY: Senator Flake, you've announced that you're not running for re-election and I wonder, could you have done this, if you were running for re-election?

FLAKE: No, not a chance.

PELLEY: Not a chance?

FLAKE: No, no.

PELLEY: Because politics has become too sharp, too partisan?

FLAKE: There's no value to reaching across the aisle. There's no currency for that anymore. There's no incentive.

Truthful Hypocrisy

Flake thus admitted that if he was running for Senate as a Republican, he would not be questioning Kavanaugh.

This is truthful hypocrisy at it finest.

Bear in mind that there are likely several Democrat supporters of Kavanaugh in the exact same position.

At least two Democrat Senators minds are not yet made up (or so they say). It could be a setup to make McConnell believe he has the votes when he doesn't.

Lunch With Jeff Flake


Lights, Action, Camera

Flake now says he Took a Stand to Save a Broken Senate.

Please note that Flake was only willing to take a stand because he is not attempting re-election for the Senate.

That's quite a "stand", no doubt fitting of one with higher aspirations.

Man Without a Party

Flake now says I Sometimes Feel Like I'm 'Without a Party'

Damn. Is he running for president as a Democrat?

What better way than to vote out Kavanaugh?

Well, who knows? I sure don't. But I don't trust admitted hypocrites.

If the Vote Fails?

Why not start the process all over? With a new candidate?

Don't be silly!

Lindsey Graham says If Kavanaugh Vote Fails, Trump Should Re-Nominate Him.

Demagoguery Zoo

Were Trump to renominate Kavanaugh, I believe that would constitute the ultimate political circus.

Strike that. This is neither a circus nor a carnival.

This is a purposeful media- and politically-sponsored demagoguery zoo with no cages and no zookeeper.