Masson’s discussion of Freud’s abandonment of the seduction theory is reported. Two different versions of Freud’s dream on “closing the eyes” are then examined. Recent critiques of Freud by Miller. Krüll and Bowlby, and the older critique by Ferenczi, are then reported. Finally, the stress on real-life traumatic events in recent literature is pointed out.
Keywords: Trauma, sexual abuse, seduction theory, battered children, hysteria, patriarchy