Department of Psychology
Department of Psychology

"My Role in the Freudian Cover-Up of Child Sexual Abuse"

Department-wide Colloquium with Jeffrey Masson, former Director of the Sigmund Freud Archives

Fri, March 1, 2013 | SEA 4.244 (Library/Auditorium)

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Jeffrey Masson
Jeffrey Masson

Early in his career as a psychoanalyst, Jeffrey Masson was invited by Anna Freud to become Director of the Freud Archives. But after reading Freud's unpublished papers he discovered letters and documents that caused him to change his mind about the man he had once held in high esteem. This led to a bitter spit with the Freudians and eventual ostracism from the profession. Masson’s book, The Assault on Truth: Freud's Suppression of the Seduction Theory, published in 1984, argues that Sigmund Freud deliberately suppressed his early hypothesis that hysteria is caused by sexual abuse during infancy.

This lecture will be of interest to undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty with interests in the history of psychology and its links to psychoanalysis.  

Dr. Masson is currently an Honorary Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

Jeffrey Masson web site:

Jeffrey Masson Wikipedia:

Other links of interest:

Freud and the Seduction Theory : A challenge to the foundations of psychoanalysis (The Atlantic Monthly, February 1984)

Audio interview broadcast on ABC Local Radio and ABC Radio National, Australia, June 3, 2011


Sponsored by: Department of Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin

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