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Freud’s Rejection on Theory of Seduction

The theory of seduction asserts that the cause of hysteria among the patients was attributable to molestation such as perversion by the fathers and abuse on children at very early age. Further, the hypothesis of seduction claimed that the perverse action of the parents such as early childhood exposure to sexual behavior contributed to sexual traumas (Dalgleish, Tim, and Nicola Morant, p.6). However, Freud’s arguments state that the fictions inhibited in the conscious mind were not supported by facts. Moreover, the memories of the unconscious would at no point break through the conscious mind of a person. Freud refuted the hypothesis on discovering the seduction portrayed by the patients might have arisen from imaginations and passionate sexual desires. This discovery is believed to have given birth to psychoanalysis. The psychological growth and development entail attaining intellectuality and maturity of the brain. In the theory of psychoanalysis, Freud contribution brought an understanding of the unconscious mind, the sexual growth stages at childhood and the memory repression.

According to Freud, the symptoms of mental illness, a condition diagnosed as hysteria was closely related to the effect of sexual abuse at infantry. The main causes of hysteria were psychological disorders which resulted in female patients suffering from sexual longing, a situation at times that would be treated by massaging the patient’s genital. Freud argued that the unconscious mind influenced the patient’s behavior especially in cases where they were stressed and could not comprehend whatever they were undergoing. Freud at one point stated, “At the bottom of every case of hysteria there are occurrences of premature sexual exposure” (Dalgleish, Tim, and Morant, p. 5)…

 

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