Trauma and Recovery, Volume 551; Volume 1992

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Basic Books, 1997 - Psychology - 290 pages
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When Trauma and Recovery was first published in 1992, it was hailed as a groundbreaking work. In the intervening years, Herman’s volume has changed the way we think about and treat traumatic events and trauma victims. In a new afterword, Herman chronicles the incredible response the book has elicited and explains how the issues surrounding the topic have shifted within the clinical community and the culture at large.Trauma and Recovery brings a new level of understanding to a set of problems usually considered individually. Herman draws on her own cutting-edge research in domestic violence as well as on the vast literature of combat veterans and victims of political terror, to show the parallels between private terrors such as rape and public traumas such as terrorism. The book puts individual experience in a broader political frame, arguing that psychological trauma can be understood only in a social context. Meticulously documented and frequently using the victims’ own words as well as those from classic literary works and prison diaries, Trauma and Recovery is a powerful work that will continue to profoundly impact our thinking.
 

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As a social work student this was really the one book that completely changed the way I understood mental illness. This book is essential to anyone in the field old and new it will revolutionize the ... Read full review

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This book is beyond outstanding. Dr. Hermans book reads like a textbook dealing with Trauma. This book should be required reading in U.S. colleges. I know a few psychiatrists who should read this book as well. Read full review

Contents

A Forgotten History
7
Terror
33
Disconnection
51
Captivity
74
Child Abuse
96
A New Diagnosis
115
STAGES OF RECOVERY
131
A Healing Relationship
133
Safety
155
Remembrance and Mourning
175
Reconnection
196
Commonality
214
The Dialectic of Trauma Continues
237
Notes
248
Index
282
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Page 1 - are told. Murder will out. Remembering and telling the truth about terrible events are prerequisites both for the restoration of the social order and for the healing of individual victims. The conflict between the will to deny horrible events and the will to proclaim them aloud is the central dialectic of psychological trauma.
Page v - I had thought, before I began, that what I had on my hands was an almost excessively masculine tale, a saga of sexual rivalry, ambition, power, patronage, betrayal, death, revenge. But the women seem to have taken over, they marched in from the peripheries of the story to demand the inclusion of
Page v - own tragedies, histories, and comedies, obliging me to couch my narrative in all manner of sinuous complexities, to see my "male" plot refracted, so to speak, through the prisms of its reverse and "female" side. It occurs to me that the women knew precisely what they were up

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Judith Herman, M.D., one of this country's leading experts on trauma and abuse, is associate clinical professor of psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School, and director of training at the Victims of Violence Program at Cambridge Hospital. She is also a founding member of the Women's Mental Health Collective in Massachusetts.

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