Betrayal Trauma: The Logic of Forgetting Childhood Abuse

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Harvard University Press, Feb 6, 1998 - Psychology - 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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BETRAYAL TRAUMA: The Logic of Forgetting Childhood Abuse

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A cognitive psychologist heats up the debate about recovered memories of childhood abuse by presenting her theory of why and how such memories may be repressed. Freyd (Psychology/Univ. of Oregon ... Read full review


Betrayal Blindness
Conceptual Knots
Context and Controversy
Why Forget?
Ways of Forgetting
Testable Predictions
Creating Connections

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Jennifer J. Freyd is Professor of Psychology at the University of Oregon.

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