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Mary Marcel, author of "Freud's Traumatic Memory: Reclaiming Seduction Theory and Revisiting Oedipus", on how the work of one of the most influential psychologists of all time was distorted by the trauma of his own life

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37:32 Sigmund Freud, one of history's most influential psychologists, promoted two different views on the reasons for the widespread practice of child sexual molestation. Mary Marcel, professor of rhetoric and author, presents an overview of how Freud likely used the Oedipal theory as a means to turn his personal experience of early childhood molestation from one of trauma into one of triumph.

Mary is formerly associate undergraduate dean at Bentley College, currently teaching there. She has taught rhetoric at the University of Virginia, University of California at Berkely, and San Francisco State University. Her new book is titled "Freud's Traumatic Memory: Reclaiming Seduction Theory and Revisiting Oedipus", and presents a vindication of the so-called "seduction theory," which states that children who are sexually molested or raped by adults may develop both physical and mental symptoms as a result in adulthood. This finding was made by Freud early in his career; then he rejected it in favor of the Oedipus complex, which argued that children desire to have sex with adults. However, in the intervening century, the therapeutic community has confirmed the vaildity of the seduction theory but not the "Oedipus complex."

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