Girls lying on couches …

I haven’t seen the new film “A Dangerous Method,” about Freud and Jung and their rivalry concerning an 18-year old Russian hysteria patient, Sabina Spielrein (played in the film by Keira Knightley). But apparently the film covers a period in which the married Jung had an affair with the seductive, kinky Spielrein, and at least partly for this reason had a falling-out with Freud. According to the Daily Mail:

[I]n 1977, a box was discovered in a basement in Geneva that …. contained a diary written by Spielrein, as well as letters from Freud and Jung and drafts of letters she had sent both men.

The papers appeared to confirm what some had long suspected: that Jung had had an illicit relationship with Spielrein.

I wonder whether it will take as long for someone to discover that certain “UFO abduction researchers” who were prominent in the 1990s — and who, like Freud and Jung, were surrounded by young females eager for their help — also had sex with some of their “patients.”
More importantly, I wonder how long it will take for all the mumbo-jumbo to clear away from these phenomena so that psychologists finally see them as one and the same phenomenon, whose key element is the patient’s desire — for attention, for diversion, for sex and intimacy, even in some cases for intellectual respect (Spielrein, for example, eventually became a psychoanalyst) — and that all the claims and acting-out of hysteria, spirit-possession, MPD, alien abduction*, Satanic ritual abuse, et cetera, are essentially only culture-bound camouflage.
*I am referring to the indoor, damsel-in-distress type abduction tales that came to dominate the UFO lore in the 80s and 90s, and that took their basic themes from rarer, less explicable outdoor cases from the earlier lore (Betty/Barney Hill, Parker-Hickson, etc).
Originally published 4 December 2011