The amateur sleuths have done some stellar work on digging into Christine Blasey Ford’s background.
A recent find was a 2008 study Ford co-authored about using self-hypnosis to not only retrieve memories, but also to “create artificial situations.”
BREAKING: This is HUGE (waiting for permission to h/t): One of Christine Ford Blasey’s research articles in 2008 included a study in which participants were TAUGHT SELF-HYPNOSIS & noted hypnosis is used to retrieve important memories “AND CREATE ARTIFICAL SITUATIONS.” pic.twitter.com/11n1JVnArM
— Margot Cleveland (@ProfMJCleveland) October 1, 2018
Titled “Meditation With Yoga, Group Therapy With Hypnosis, and Psychoeducation for Long-Term Depressed Mood: A Randomized Pilot Trial,” the results of the study of 46 individuals with depression were published in 2008 in the Journal of Clinical Psychology.
According to the Federalist, the study “cited the use of hypnosis as a tool to retrieve memories in traumatized patients.” It also explored the use of hypnosis to “assist in the retrieval of important memories” and to “create artificial situations.”
“Participants also were taught self-hypnosis to use outside the group for relaxation and affect regulation (as described in H. Spiegel & Spiegel, 2004),” the study continued. The referenced 2004 text also explained, “Remember that all hypnosis is really self-hypnosis. [T]herefore, therapists are only tapping into their patients’ natural ability to enter trance state.”
“Patients are highly suggestible and easily subject to memory contamination,” the authors warned.
It is unknown whether Ford herself has ever undergone hypnotic therapy, as she has refused to release her therapy notes to the Senate as evidence supporting her allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
She reportedly shared “portions” of the notes with the Washington Post — from a couples therapy session in 2012 and an individual therapy session in 2013 during which she discussed details of the assault allegation. In her testimony before the Senate last week, however, she couldn’t seem to remember as to whether the Post had reviewed the actual therapy notes or simply a summary.
Ford’s testimony during Thursday’s hearing revealed multiple discrepancies in her account. None of her named witnesses have been able to corroborate her story. She can’t remember important details, like how or with whom she went home from the party after the alleged attack occurred.
Release the Notes
Ford’s attorneys have cited privacy concerns as the reason to withhold her therapy notes from the Senate. But the notes could go a long way in resolving the inconsistencies in her story.
Kavanaugh is now undergoing the seventh FBI investigation in his career over Ford’s decades-old allegation.
It stands to reason that any evidence Ford has, especially the therapist notes, should also be turned over for consideration.
There’s too much at stake for anything less.