- Age regression in therapy
Age regression is a controversial aspect of
hypnotherapyin which the patient returns to an earlier stage of life in order to explore a memoryor to get in touch with some difficult-to-access aspect of their personality. Age progression is sometimes employed in hypnotherapyas well, allowing the patient to project themselves forward to see a desired outcome or the consequences of their current destructive behavior.
Age regression for the purpose of 'recovering' memories has become quite controversial inside and outside the therapeutic community, with many such cases involving
child abuse, alien abductionand other traumatic incidents subsequently being discredited.
The notion of age regression is central to
attachment therapywhose proponents believe that a child who has missed out on developmental stagescan be made to redo those stages at a later age by a variety of techniques. Many of these techniques are intensely physical and confrontational and include forced holding and eye contact, sometimes whilst being required to access traumatic memories of past neglect or abuse. Occasionally ' rebirthing' has been used with tragic results. See Candace Newmaker. Accompanying parenting techniques may use bottle feeding and systems of complete control by the parent over the child's basic needs including toileting and water.cite journal |author=Chaffin M, Hanson R, Saunders BE, "et al" |title=Report of the APSAC task force on attachment therapy, reactive attachment disorder, and attachment problems. |journal=Child Maltreat |volume=11 |issue=1 |pages=76–89 |year=2006 |pmid=16382093 |doi=10.1177/1077559505283699 |url=http://cmx.sagepub.com/cgi/pmidlookup?view=long&pmid=16382093 |issn=]
Developmental stage theories
Recovered Memory Therapy
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