Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her almost four decades ago, co-authored an academic study on using hypnosis to “assist in retrieval of important memories” and to “create artificial situations” to help with treatment, The Federalist reports.
Ford’s involvement on the study raises serious questions about her shoddy allegations, and if her background on using memory “techniques” played any role in her recently alleging Kavanaugh assaulted her roughly 36 years ago. Everything about Ford’s testimony last week before the Senate Judiciary Committee seemed contrived, many argued, especially her body language. This study may offer chilling insight into why.
The May 2008 academic paper, titled, “Meditation With Yoga, Group Therapy With Hypnosis, and Psychoeducation for Long-Term Depressed Mood: A Randomized Pilot Trial,” described a study where researchers used hypnosis on 46 depressed individuals to determine what therapeutic techniques could be most effective.
Ford and other researchers concluded that therapeutic techniques, such as hypnosis, alleviated depression and assisted “in the retrieval of important memories” and to “create artificial situations” to assist in treatment.
Ford’s study largely cited a controversial study from 1964, where researches used hypnosis to help treat alcoholics. The paper also 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 2008 study Ford was part of reported that “self-hypnosis” was used to treat the 46 patients in their study. The study argues that hypnotism, and even self-hypnotism, can be used as an effective tool to help recover memories from traumatic experiences in life.
“Patients are highly suggestible and easily subject to memory contamination,” they wrote in the study.
The study has raised a lot of eyebrows, primarily because Ford has come under fire for not remembering several major details of the alleged assault.
Ford alleges Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her around 1982, at a high school party. Kavanaugh not only denies the allegations, several of the witnesses who supposedly attended the gathering have submitted sworn statements to Congress that they never witnessed what Ford has alleged.
Ford testified on Thursday before the Committee that her “memories” of Kavanaugh “first came up” in 2012. It looks Ford may have lied about the exact date these “memories” resurfaced. If true, that would mean Ford committed perjury, which is a felony.
Aside from many of her flimsy allegations, Ford also has no idea where the alleged house party was at, when it occurred, and she has no witnesses to corroborate her claims.
And her apparent expertise in using hypnosis to “assist in retrieval of important memories” and to “create artificial situations” to assist in remembering events also raises serious questions about if this was ever done to help her “remember” allegations against Kavanaugh.
She never mentioned the alleged assault for decades, yet she came forward a few months ago soon after Kavanaugh was nominated and happened to remember what he allegedly did to her almost 40 years ago?
Many would agree her entire story is very suspicious, and her involvement in this study is very concerning to many people.