Talia Griffin
In the 1890s, when Freud was in the dawn of his career, he was struck by how many of his female patients were revealing childhood [sexual] victimization to him. Freud concluded that child sexual abuse was one of the major causes of emotional disturbances in adult women and wrote a brilliant and humane paper called “The Aetiology of Hysteria.” However, rather than receiving acclaim from his colleagues for his ground-breaking insights, Freud met with scorn. He was ridiculed for believing that men of excellent reputation (most of his patients came from upstanding homes) could be perpetrators of incest.
Within a few years, Freud buckled under this heavy pressure and recanted his conclusions. In their place he proposed the “Oedipus complex,” which became the foundation of modern psychology… Freud used this construct to conclude that the episodes of abuse his clients had revealed to him had never taken place; they were simply fantasies of events the women had wished for… This construct started a hundred-year history in the mental health field of blaming victims for the abuse perpetrated on them and outright discrediting of women’s and children’s reports of mistreatment by men.

― Lundy Bancroft

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read this carve it into your brains permanently etch it into your skulls r e a d  t h i s

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Cause even the most rational can perpetuate peer-pressure when they don’t like something they hear. Remember this.

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I have tasted the maggots in the mind of the universe. I was not offended, for I knew I had to rise above it all or drown in my own shit. Funkadelic- Maggot Brain
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The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel. Steven Furtick (via iamcharliesangel)

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Macbeth dans la caverne des sorcières. Estampe.
Art by Gustave Doré.
Give the gift of your absence to those who do not appreciate your presence. Unknown (via purplebuddhaproject)

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Why should I be bothering myself with questions which shall eternally remain unanswered? How queer that wave of agony; melancholy paralyzing my senses, beautifully, yet for nothing. Virginia Woolf in a diary entry dated 5 July 1919 (via larmoyante)

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Pieter Bruegel the Elder - The Fall of the Rebel Angels, detail. 1562
I never wish to be easily defined. I’d rather float over other people’s minds as something strictly fluid and non-perceivable; more like a transparent, paradoxically iridescent creature rather than an actual person. Franz Kafka (via wordsnquotes)

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