Fact and Fantasy in the Seduction Theory: A Historical Review

@article{Schimek1987FactAF,
  title={Fact and Fantasy in the Seduction Theory: A Historical Review},
  author={J. G. Schimek},
  journal={Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association},
  year={1987},
  volume={35},
  pages={937 - 965}
}
  • J. G. Schimek
  • Published 1987
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association
This article surveys Freud's various versions of the seduction theory, from 1896 to 1933. It is concluded that the seduction theory had never been based on the patients' direct statements and conscious recall of seduction by the father in early childhood—unlike what Freud was to stale much later (1933). This early seduction was mostly reconstructed by Freud from the patient's verbal material and behavior in treatment (including memories of sexual experiences from later childhood) which he… Expand
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