As mentioned in the argument, to this day, there is much debate surrounding Freud’s true views on the impact of sexual abuse on one’s psyche. In his original theory of seduction, Freud claimed, in disregard of his peers, hysteria in patients was caused by sexual abuse in their childhood. This was not only revolutionary but blasphemous in its time. Freud’s peers insisted he not publish the work because of his lack of clinical evidence and the irreversible damage this would do to his reputation.
Some believe that it was this response from his medical and psychological colleagues that made him recant this theory. Many view Freud as, yes, a problematic man, but more so as someone who was an empathic visionary in a time that was problematic and not yet ready to face the horrible reality of sexual abuse that so many women faced.