Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence--From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror

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Basic Books, Jul 7, 2015 - Psychology - 336 pages
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A revised and updated edition of the groundbreaking work that changed the way we think about and treat traumatic events and trauma victims.

When Trauma and Recovery was first published in 1992, it was hailed as a groundbreaking work. In the intervening years, it has become the basic text for understanding trauma survivors. By placing individual experience in a broader political frame, Judith Herman argues that psychological trauma can be understood only in a social context. Drawing on her own research on incest, as well as on a vast literature on combat veterans and victims of political terror, she shows surprising parallels between private horrors like child abuse and public horrors like war. A new epilogue reviews what has changed--and what has not changed--over two decades. Trauma and Recovery is essential reading for anyone who seeks to understand how we heal and are healed.
 

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Very useful book

User Review  - NYCru - Overstock.com

This text really is a useful text on trauma recovery. Worth the read especially if you are in the psychology counseling or coaching field or you are trying to heal old wounds Read full review

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User Review  - keylawk - LibraryThing

Hailed as "groundbreaking" in 1992. A 2015 revision and epilogue attempts to bring the issues current. Too late. The mental illness she warned about among a few individuals was weaponized by privately ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Traumatic Disorders
5
A Forgotten History
7
Terror
33
Disconnection
51
Captivity
74
Child Abuse
96
A New Diagnosis
115
Safety
155
Remembrance and Mourning
175
Reconnection
196
Commonality
214
The Dialectic of Trauma
237
Epilogue to the 2015 Edition
248
Notes
277
Index
318

Stages of Recovery
131
A Healing Relationship
133

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Judith Herman, M.D., is professor of psychiatry, emerita, at Harvard Medical School.

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