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Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson is the
bestselling author of 9 books on the
emotional life of animals. He has a
39-year-old daughter, Simone, who
works with animals in California. His wife
Leila is a German pediatrician and they
have two sons: Ilan and Manu.
Jeff has a Ph.D. in Sanskrit from Harvard
University. He was Professor of Sanskrit
at the University of Toronto. While at the
university he trained as a Freudian
analyst (from 1971-1979) graduating as
a full member of the International
Psycho- Analytical Association. In 1980
he became Project Director of the
Sigmund Freud Archives.

Given access to Freud's papers in London
and the Library of Congress, his research
led him to believe that Freud made a
mistake when he stopped believing that
the source of much human misery lay in
sexual abuse. Masson's view was so
controversial within traditional analytic
circles that he was fired from the archives
and had his membership in the
international society taken away. Janet
Malcolm has written a book about this
episode (In the Freud Archives - the
subject of a libel suit by Masson) and Jeff
has published a series of books critical of
Freud, psychoanalysis, psychiatry and
therapy.
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Author
Jeffrey Masson
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