Blind to Betrayal
2013 From Close Relationships to Institutional Betrayal
"When a partner or parent or trusted institution betrays us -- whether by failure to help us or even to believe us -- does dependency make us blind to the betrayal or do we choose the truth and ourselves? Jennifer Freyd and Pamela Birrell use two decades of research and personal stories to show how denial of the truth keeps all parties trapped. Blind to Betrayal also includes a chapter on the False Memory Syndrome Foundation, a national group and fictional syndrome created by Freyd's parents to deny allegations of abuse. This is a brave, helpful and landmark book." -- Gloria Steinem
Blind to Betrayal is available in paperback, Kindle, and Audible versions and has 7 translations.
Betrayal Trauma: the logic of forgetting childhood abuse
1996 This book lays bare the logic of forgotten abuse. Psychologist Jennifer Freyd's breakthrough theory explaining this phenomenon shows how psychogenic amnesia not only happens but, if the abuse occurred at the hands of a parent or caregiver, is often necessary for survival. Freyd's book gives embattled professionals, beleaguered abuse survivors, and the confused public a new, clear understanding of the lifelong effects and treatment of child abuse.
Trauma and Cognitive Science
2001 In the midst of the controversies over how repressed, false, and recovered memories should be interpreted, Trauma and Cognitive Science presents reliable original research instead of rhetoric. This landmark volume examines the way different traumas influence memory, information processing, and suggestibility. The research provides testable theories on why people forget some kinds of childhood abuse and other traumas. It bridges the cognitive science and clinical approaches to traumatic stress studies.
Jennifer J. Freyd has authored or co-authored more than 200 research and scholarly articles. These include:
- Smith, C.P. & Freyd, J.J. (2014). Institutional betrayal. American Psychologist, 69, 575-587.
- Gobin, R.L. & Freyd, J.J. (2014). The Impact of Betrayal Trauma on the Tendency to Trust. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 6, 505-511
- Rosenthal, M.N., Smidt, A.M., & Freyd, J.J. (2016). Still second class: Sexual harassment of graduate students. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 40, 364-377.
- Freyd, J.J. (2017). Attributes, Behaviors, or Experiences? Lessons from Research on Trauma Regarding Gender Differences. [Editorial] Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, 18, 645-648.
OP-EDS AND GENERAL-AUDIENCE ARTICLES
Jennifer J. Freyd has also authored or co-authored influential commentaries and op-eds. Recent ones include:
- Freyd, J.J. (2015). Examining Denial Tactics: Were Victims Over-represented in the AAU Survey of Sexual Violence on College Campuses? The Blog, Huffington Post, September 29, 2015.
- Freyd, J.J. (2016). The Problem with “Required Reporting” Rules for Sexual Violence on Campus. The Blog, Huffington Post, April 25, 2016.
- Rosenthal, M.N., Smidt, A.M., & Freyd, J.J. (2016). Sexual harassment compromises graduate students' safety. The Conversation, 18 May 2016.
- Fitzgerald, L.F. & Freyd, J.J. (2017) Trump’s DARVO defense of harassment accusations. The Boston Globe, 20 December 2017.
- Freyd, J.J. (2018). When sexual assault victims speak out, their institutions often betray them, The Conversation, 11 January 2018. (Republished by Salon, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, AP, and others.)
TIP SHEETS and DISCUSSION GUIDES
Jennifer J. Freyd has partnered with the American Psychological Association to create the following tip sheet:
- How to Listen When Someone You Know Discloses Sexual Harassment or Assault. PI, the American Psychological Association, Public Interest Blog, 22 November 2017.
Jennifer J. Freyd has partnered with Leanin.org to create the following discussion guides: