Episode 20 - Blind to Betrayal: Why We Fool Ourselves

People break our trust. People lie, mislead, and behave in ways that can violate both explicit contracts like marriage or presumptive contracts like friendship. Even institutions can betray us and hurt us in ways that impact our confidence. Betrayal is fundamental to the human condition, and yet because of betrayal blindness, it often goes undetected. We are vulnerable to not being able to identify repetitive, hurtful interactions that impact our self worth and our ability to have healthy relationships. What is betrayal and how does it impact us? Why are we often blind to betrayal? How do we become aware of betrayal and heal from its effects? Tune into The Mary Waldon Show as we welcome Jennifer Freyd, PhD to help us answer these questions. Dr. Freyd is a betrayal researcher and co-author of the book Blind to Betrayal: Why We Fool Ourselves, We are Not Being Fooled. This is an hour you don't want to miss!

Jennifer J. Freyd, PhD is Professor of Psychology at the University of Oregon. She received her BA in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and her PhD in Psychology from Stanford University. Professor Freyd directs a laboratory investigating the impact of interpersonal and institutional trauma on mental and physical health, behavior, and society. She has published over 150 articles, and she is author of the award-winning book Betrayal Trauma: The Logic of Forgetting Childhood Abuse. She also co-edited the book Trauma & Cognitive Science. Freyd has received numerous honors, including a National Institute of Health Career Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She currently serves as the editor of the Journal of Trauma & Dissociation.

Originally aired on April 9, 2013 on VoiceAmerica Radio.