Then Lloyd Demause gave us an historical overview of child rearing practices.
And both Alice and Lloyd approached child rearing from the point of view of psychoanalysis.
And it was Sigmund who gave us psychoanalysis.
And you are quite right. Sigmund did at first address the effects of abusive child rearing. But because Vienna was not prepared to countenance this, he turned abuse into the fantasy of the child.
We see this today as a betrayal of the child.
But thank heavens today we are starting to listen to the feelings of children.
And I think we must see this in historical perspective. For it was only in 1833 that institutional slavery was first abolished by the House of Commons. And only in the 20th Century did women gain their emancipation in the West. And very importantly, it is only in the last decades that the laws against child sexual abuse have been enforced in the West.
So Freud was wrong about the nature of child abuse. But he did set us on the path where we could listen to the feelings of children. Just as we started in the 18th Century to listen to the feelings of slaves. And in the 20th Century we started to listen to the feelings of women.
And still we are learning to listen to the feelings of slaves women and children.
And of course we are starting to listen to our own feelings.
And my objection to Jung is that he replaced listening to feelings with a mechanical and idealised religion which is now part of the New Age Movement.