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- n. A researcher who poses as a patient.
In the first session, the therapist diagnosed “incest survivor,” telling the pseudopatient she was a “classic case.”
The pseudopatient complained of feeling depressed and having recent relationship problems with her husband.
When the pseudopatient returned for her second session, puzzled about her lack of memory, the therapist told her that her reaction was typical and that she had repressed the memory because the trauma was so awful.
In one case, the pseudopatient visited the therapist complaining about nightmares and trouble sleeping.