The director of the Institute for Psychohistory, Lloyd deMause, feels that the primary psychological dynamic in child abuse is, the abusing adult, uses the child as a “poison container.”
deMause feels children are used as a vessel where the abuser dumps the “disowned parts of their psyches.” This gives the adult the feeling of being in charge of their psychological issues.
De Mause refers to a case where a woman thought that having a baby would provide her with love. She thought it was the child’s duty to love her. When the infant boy cried, the mother thought this meant the child didn’t love her, so she physically abused him. 1
Ideally, the child should be able to use a protective adult to expel anger and fear, but with child abuse, the parent uses the child.
Child abuse has been a ritual throughout history and remains so today. Based on his life-long psychohistorical research on society and childhood, Lloyd deMause says, “the history of humanity is founded upon the abuse of children.”
Infanticide, erotic beating, or incest was once practiced by most historical families. Infanticide, rape, and child abuse are all normalized or condoned in the Old Testament, or “Torah.”
There is also a common history of adults sacrificing and mutilating children. Child sacrifice was performed by the rich in early societies as a means of reducing adult guilt. Children were sacrificed when new ventures began. When a new bridge or building was built, a child would be buried within it.
Children’s bodies were used for “curing” disease and adults utilized children as human guinea pigs. People would “rent” a child, and place the child inside a home, where the previous owners had died of the Plague. If the child died, then the house was deemed unsafe to live in.
In previous centuries, including the last part of the nineteenth century, doctors prescribed for people to have sex with a child in order to treat depression, venereal disease, and impotency. Men were often excused of any criminal responsibility for raping a young girl if the man thought he was merely curing a venereal disease which he had contracted elsewhere.
According to an old medical book, “Breaking a maiden’s seal is one of the best antidotes for one’s ills.” 2 British doctors in the nineteenth century often found that the children of patients who had venereal disease, also suffered the same illness on their anus, mouth, or genitals because the parent was using their child to “absorb the poison.” 3
Members of secret societies (with prominent, wealthy members), are -to this day- still practicing the ritual sacrifice of children, as well as sexually abusing children and Satanically sexually abusing children in large groups. These groups are under the protection of being politicians, the rich and famous, and even presidents of the United States.
1. From a speech given at the National Parenting Conference in Boulder, Colorado, September 25, 1997. Lloyd deMause The History of Child Abuse The Journal of Psychohistory 25 (3) Winter 1998, permission given via personal e-mail. http://www.psychohistory.com
2. Speech given by Lloyd deMause at the National Parenting Conference in Boulder, Colorado, on September 25, 1997. As recorded in The History of Child Abuse Lloyd deMause The Journal of Psychohistory 25 (3) Winter 1998 Based upon extensive primary source material fully referenced in the over 600 footnotes contained in the following sources: Lloyd deMause, “The Evolution of Childhood.” in his Foundations of Psychohistory. New York: Creative Roots, 1982. “On Writing Childhood History.” The Journal of Psychohistory 16 (1988): 135-171. “The History of Child Assault.” The Journal of Psychohistory 18(1990): 1-29. “The Universality of Incest.” The Journal of Psychohistory 19 (1991):123-164.
3. The History of Abuse, Lloyd deMause