Was Anna Freud sexually molested by her father Sigmund Freud?

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    Was Anna Freud sexually molested by her father Sigmund Freud?

    Was Anna Freud sexually molested by her father Sigmund Freud?

    I know that Sigmund Freud is a well respected neurologist so I may get some backlash and eye rolls on this one. This is just a theory that I have concocted. I have been researching Anna Freud's relationship with her father Sigmund Freud for the past couple of weeks now but have little evidence to back up this theory.

    What got me into researching Anna Freud's relationship with her father is this suspicious private letter she submitted to the Library of Congress in 1952. She does not want it open until 2020 long after she has passed. Is this not a little suspicious to you? What is in that letter that is so private that she does not want it open until 2020 long after she is dead?

    Just do a search for "1952 Closed until 2020" under Anna Freud.

    First of all I am disgusted of how Sigmund Freud views the actions of people. His " The Unconscious" theory or better known as the Id, Ego, and Super-Ego basically suggest that people are not responsible for their own actions because of "Instinct." For example a man like Ted Bundy who raped and killed over 30 women would not be responsible for his actions because the "Instinct" in him is what did it. I for one believe that "EVERYONE" is responsible for their own actions and are aware of what is right and wrong.

    Another disgusting ideal that Sigmund concocted is the psychosexual development theory in which it states that from birth, humans have instinctual sexual appetites which unfold in a series of stages. You can read it all up here...

    Freud's Psychosexual Stage Theory

    So how did he get these conclusions? You can clearly see his researched is based mainly on under aged children. I'm not saying you have to sexually experiment with a child to get such results, but its very suspicious that a man who has concocted the idea that people are not responsible for their actions would also be researching psychosexual development targeted at children.

    The really creepy part is that Anna Freud was born in 1895. He started writing this theory after she was born...

    Freud originally posited childhood sexual abuse as a general explanation for the origin of neuroses, but he abandoned this so-called "seduction theory" as insufficiently explanatory. He noted finding many cases in which apparent memories of childhood sexual abuse were based more on imagination than on real events. During the late 1890s Freud, who never abandoned his belief in the sexual etiology of neuroses, began to emphasize fantasies built around the Oedipus complex as the primary cause of hysteria and other neurotic symptoms. Despite this change in his explanatory model, Freud always recognized that some neurotics had in fact been sexually abused by their fathers. He explicitly discussed several patients whom he knew to have been abused.

    Freud: A Life for Our Time. pp. 95.
    If that is not enough to convince you, his daughter Anna moved away from the classical position of her father, who was focusing his writings primarily on the unconscious Id (a perspective she found to be restrictive) and instead emphasized the importance of the ego, the constant struggle and conflict it is experiencing by the need to answer contradicting wishes, desires, values and demands of reality. By this, she established the importance of the ego functions and the concept of defense mechanism.

    Sigmund Freud must have sexually abused his child Anna to get such an idea. He feels guilt in what he has done, so he has concocted this notion of "instinct" over personal responsibility to cover up his crime. Anna's work is completely different from her fathers in which she greatly emphasizes personal responsibility. The letter that she wrote might contain the truth about her relationship with her father.

    Perhaps we may never know until 2020. I'm guessing that people that respected the man might have a different view of him if that was the truth.

    What do you guys think? Was Anna Freud sexually molested by her father Sigmund Freud or what?

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    This is why I am completely against the concepts of moral relativism and especially moral nihilism. I firmly believe in accountability. I don't think there is sufficient evidence to condemn him, but it is quite suspicious. Frankly, I've always found his work a bit disturbing and thought it points to poor psychological health.
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    Freud wasn't a neurologist but that's not the point.

    Most of Freud's ideas have fallen out of esteem but I think you are misinterpreting what the id, ego and super-ego is about. The super-ego acts in direct conflict with the instincts. The conscience is part of the super-ego, and people who demonstrate conscience can be found to be responsible for their actions because they know what they did was wrong. People are declared criminally insane when it is determined they can not comprehend that their actions are wrong. Ted Bundy absolutely knew what he was doing was wrong, otherwise he wouldn't have tried to hide it. If Freud wanted to somehow justify his actions with his theories then he backed himself in a corner with his model of the mind.

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    Genuinly, I think a lot of Freud theories are just excuse making - there will be a reason why he concocted them.

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    that's absolutely disgusting. where was her mother?!

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    I was studying Freud in psychology about a year ago and I couldn't wait for that module to be over. I actually hate the guy. And I wouldn't be surprised if anna freud was sexually abused. I always got the feeling he was making excuses for such behaviour, like he was tyring to make himself feel better for what he was doing a justify his actions. I'm accusing him of stuff there and maybe I shouldn't, but I just have that feeling at the pit of my stomach.

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    People respect Freud's crackhead ass?
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    Freud loved to use cocaine to study and would tell rape victims it was their fault. Hell of a guy. A true pioneer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lance View Post
    What do you guys think? Was Anna Freud sexually molested by her father Sigmund Freud or what?
    Interesting. What you have said points to Freud being a pervert. I guess we will perhaps never know (depending on what is in that letter).

    Makes me wonder about the true meaning of the oral and anal stages now......

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    I never liked his theories, although I only touched the surface of only a few of them. What you've said, though, is incredibly suspicious, and I'll be waiting to see what that letter says.

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