We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
His eventual abandonment of Seduction Theory marked a deepening of Psychoanalytic respect for the role of fantasy - especially unconscious fantasy - as a shaper of a person's character and neurosis. His realization that memory, like all other mental activity, is shaped to varying degrees by thoughts of which we are unaware, was a key which opened many doors of understanding of human nature.
Thus the fad of ascribing mental illness and emotional problems to childhood trauma in the 1970s and 80s was a big Been There - Done That to Psychoanalysts.
Today, Psychoanalysts understand that trauma at any age is just one shaper among many, including genetics, unconscious activity, early relationships, ego characteristics and strengths and weaknesses, etc.
Re childhood sexual encounters, we know that the acceptance of this, or the disgust with this, is highly culture-specific. Whether that matters or not to the discussion I do not know.
In "My Lie": Why I falsely accused my father, one very destructive and suggestible person explains how she got caught up in the trauma fad. Freud, I imagine, would offer a grim smile of recognition at this story.
OK, but... many who truly suffered physical or emotional abuse in childhood are desperate to work out the truth about what happened to them.
Their memories have been warped and obscured - not by highly politicized rhetoric or navel-gazing, as in the repressed memories fad, but by the inherent imbalance between their young, dependent psyches and the more powerful, authoritative narratives framed by their domineering/narcissistic parents.
"Child abuse didn't exist before the 60's" because no one outted the abuser. Back then, if abuse was reported, it was dusted under the rug because "Boys will be boys." That happened to my friend in the mid-70's. Children of my generation were raised to respect their elders and to be seen and not heard. For ten years of my childhood, my mother barely spoke to my alchoholic father and proudly shared a couple of years ago that she went an entire year without uttering one single word to him. How does a child in these circumstances tell a Catholic priest, nun, parent or grandparent (who had a child out of wedlock in the early 1920's) that your father is crawling into your bed late at night? My blessings from this experience have been many and includes helping a mother understand her daughter's hate for her. You see, the daughter lived with her father full-time (he was awarded full custody) and he is sexually abusing her. Abuse existed before the 60's. It exists today. If anyone is abusing children or adults, quit it now.
The truth is, the adults of the small child's world are the god in charge. A child's is a mind out of time, a separate reality not much figured into what adults call 'the world'. But another truth is, the adult world could be seen in its entirety as to no other purpose than replacing itself --raising the child, incidentally creating the future.