Freud and the Edipal Complex

by James W
(Dowagiac, Michigan, USA)

Just read the history section. Great bibliography. Have you ever read a book by Jeffrey Mason about his experience in the Freud archives? I can't recall the title. All of Freud’s 'hysterical' female patients had been abused as children, but the regal board of eminent psychologists dismissed his findings as children’s fantasy. That's when Freud invented the Edipus Complex and 'wish fulfillment fantasy.'


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Feb 22, 2008
Freud's Oedipus Complex Theory
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

Although I've not read Jeffery Mason's book, I have read a multitude of others over the course of a couple of decades, so I am familiar with Freud's Oedipus Complex Theory. Indeed, I touched on the topic in my memoir, albeit quite briefly and with a teensy bit of hostility at the time.

James, I sense you are wondering why I haven't included Freud's theory among the paragraphs of my child abuse history page. While I recognize that Freud's work did very little to further the issue of sexual child abuse and it can be argued that his Oedipus Complex Theory set it back (though this reply is not intended to stir up a theoretical debate) I've left these arguments for websites that take a more scholastic approach to child abuse. I've opted instead for a more familial approach.

Darlene Barriere
Violence & Abuse Prevention Educator
Author: On My Own Terms, A Memoir

Mar 08, 2008
Freudian Follow-up
by: James W

Hi Darleen,

I just wanted to touch base with you concerning Jeffrey Masson's book, "The Assualt on Truth: Freud's Suppression of the Seduction Theory." You and I are on exactly the same page when it comes to Freud. While creating modern psychotherapy, he turned right around and denied his exact findings.

Consider the times. Freud actually did forensic work with police detectives. When a child had been sexually assaulted before being murdered, the police never notified the public or parents of the sexual assault, in order to shield the parents, not panic the public.

They were, however, beginning to collect data on serial killers and rapists. Ironically, Freud may have done more in the progress of police crime scene investigation, than what ultimately became of his analytic theories.

Masson's book reveals the social stone-age that Freud lived in. And it documents, with personal unpublished letters, the dire consequences which ensued, as a result of denying what Freud himself diagnosed as pre-sexual, sexual-shock.




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