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None of the eighteen patients had been aware of being sexually abused prior to being treated by Freud. She quotes him: “at the bottom of every case of hysteria there are one or more occurrences of premature sexual experience” that belong to early childhood but are “reproduced through the work of psychoanalysis” (p. 267). The very fact that Freud publicly raised this issue — “a shocking topicto many of his contemporaries” — not only brought it into the public light, it showed that he recognized “the gross power imbalance implicit in such situations.” Those power imbalances (a child abused by an adult) held “grave psychological consequences” for the child, he recognized.

Conclusion: To fully understand the pioneering Freud, credited with inventing psychoanalysis, one must read further than just one or two of Freuds essays, and must delve into his work deeply enough to realize his own developmental evolution.

By referencing Pierces research, a reader knows that there are more answers to why people become hysterical than a cessation of masturbation, for example. And much more is there for the alert researcher to read and discover. Freud is, after all, a giant in the field of psychology, and there is a great deal to learn and discuss by delving into his work.

Works Cited

Freud, Sigmund. Dora: an Analysis of a case of Hysteria. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1997.

Freud, Sigmund, and Rieff, Philip. Sexuality and the Psychology of Love. New York: Simon

And Schuster, 1997.

Hoffman, Leon. “Freuds Theories About Sex as.

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