Jeffrey Masson, former Director of the Sigmund Freud Archives, will give a talk titled "My Role in the Freudian Cover-Up of Child Sexual Abuse" at an event hosted by the Department of Psychology.
Early in his career as a psychoanalyst, Masson was invited by Anna Freud to become Director of the Freud Archives. But after reading Freud's unpublished papers he discovered letters and documents that caused him to change his mind about the man he had once held in high esteem. This led to a bitter spit with the Freudians and eventual ostracism from the profession. Masson’s book, "The Assault on Truth: Freud's Suppression of the Seduction Theory," argues that Sigmund Freud deliberately suppressed his early hypothesis that hysteria is caused by sexual abuse during infancy.
Masson is currently an Honorary Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.