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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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.