Betrayal Trauma: The Logic of Forgetting Childhood Abuse

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Harvard University Press, 1998 - Medical - 232 pages
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How can someone forget an event as traumatic as sexual abuse in childhood? people who don't know firsthand may wonder, and many apparently do, or controversy wouldn't be raging around the issue of recovered memories today. This book lays bare the logic of forgotten abuse. Psychologist Jennifer Freyd's breakthrough theory explaining this phenomenon shows how psychogenic amnesia not only happens but, if the abuse occurred at the hands of a parent or caregiver, is often necessary for survival. What Freyd describes, with cogent real-life examples, is "betrayal trauma," a blockage of information that would otherwise interfere with one's ability to function within an essential relationship - that of parent and dependent child, for instance.
  

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A marvelous book, intermediate in tone between general, serious non-fiction and a scholarly book. Those who persevere till the end are rewarded not only with a deep understanding of a set of important ... Read full review

Contents

Betrayal Blindness
1
Conceptual Knots
12
Context and Controversy
28
Why Forget?
60
Ways of Forgetting
79
Testable Predictions
128
Creating Connections
163
References
201
Acknowledgments
220
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Jennifer J. Freyd is Professor of Psychology at the University of Oregon.

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