On February 24th, 2018, Stefan Molyneux appeared at ‘A Night For Freedom’ in Washington, DC to discuss the magnitude of the decisions we each make every single day and the far reaching impact those choices can have on a long enough timeline. For the purpose of illustration, Stefan Molyneux looks at Sigmund Freud’s cowardice when met with opposition and how he sold out sexually abused children with disastrous long term consequences.
A short summary of the narrative:
Throughout history, insanity was usually explained by demon possession, ghosts, sin, temptation and so on. In the 19th century, with a more secular view, Freud was seeing female patients suffering from hysteria (today: hysterical neurosis, conversion type). He found that ALL of them were victims of sexual abuse in childhood. Having been involved in autopsies of bodies of children that had bean raped to death, he was well aware that pedo-sexual crime was going on in society. Freud was excited because he was convinced he had found the cause of hysteria, perhaps mental illness per se. He had discovered one of the great riddles of the ages, a revelation about disfunction in society.
He quickly found that almost all of his colleagues in the Viennese society were opposed to or attacked him for his course of investigation. Virtually everyone turned on him and tried to ruin his career. There is strong biographical evidence that his best friend of 15 years who helped him developing this theory was himself a pedophile. Freud could not undo the awareness of the connection, many other doctors and philosophers had picked up on it. So, in (1899) he resorted to Greek mythology and created the theory of “The Oedipus complex”.
The theory suggests that children’s accounts of sexual abuse by their parents were only phantasies rooted in an unconscious desire for the opposite sex parent. Thus, he turned the victims into perpetrators, who falsely (although unconsciously) accused adults of sexual abuse. Freud had betrayed the innocent victims for many generations. This constituted a switch in morality in society with enormous implications.
Today, It is known that most – in some cities all -female drug addicts have experianced sexual abuse as a child. In the last 20 years or so, the problem of widespread pedophelia in society and institutions /governments has again come to surface; the UN and other aid organizations (Haiti), the catholic church, government schools, high ranking politicians, and so on.
The effects of child sexual abuse can be long-lasting and affect the victim’s mental health. Victims are more likely than non-victims to experience the following mental health challenges:
- About 4 times more likely to develop symptoms of drug abuse
- About 4 times more likely to experience PTSD as adults
- About 3 times more likely to experience a major depressive episode as adults
Had the issue of child abuse been properly addressed in the early 1900s, it might have changed the course of history radically, including the possible evasion of two world wars and totalitarian collectivist regimes that killed hundreds of millions. See the video for Molyneux’s complete derivation of this compelling argument.
“The Oedipus complex is a concept of psychoanalytic theory. Sigmund Freud introduced the concept in his Interpretation of Dreams (1899). It refers to a child’s unconscious desire for the opposite-sex parent, thought as a necessary stage of psychosexual development. Freud considered that the child’s identification with the same-sex parent is the successful resolution of the complex and that unsuccessful resolution of the complex might lead to neurosis, pedophilia, and homosexuality.”
“Hysteria, in the colloquial use of the term, means ungovernable emotional excess. Generally, modern medical professionals have abandoned using the term “hysteria” to denote a diagnostic category, replacing it with more precisely defined categories, such as somatization disorder. In 1980, the American Psychiatric Association officially changed the diagnosis of “hysterical neurosis, conversion type” (the most extreme and effective type) to “conversion disorder“.”
While the word “hysteria” originates from the Greek word for uterus, hystera, the word itself is not an ancient one, and the term “hysterical suffocation” – meaning a feeling of heat and inability to breathe – was instead used in ancient Greek medicine. This suggests an entirely physical cause for the symptoms but, by linking them to the uterus, suggests that the disorder can only be found in women. Historically, hysteria was thought to manifest itself in women with a variety of symptoms, including: anxiety, shortness of breath, fainting, insomnia, irritability, nervousness, as well as sexually forward behaviour.