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As such, the series constructs Simon's recovery process as prematurely abreactive and false, born solely of his desire to save Nia.
Apart from one passage on the treatment of hysterical amnesia in a review of physical methods of treatment in psychiatry (Sargant & Slater 1944) there is nothing in the literature that would indicate that false memories are created by abreaction or that patients are more suggestible in the abreactive state.
Abreactive play behaviors are reenactments of the trauma repeated again and again, and they may literally represent the abuse that occurred (Ater, 2001).
Simplistic abreactive models of treatment have given way to more complex paradigms that include greater emphasis on psychodynamic issues as they manifest in the patient's present psychosocial functioning (Kluft, 1999).