This book investigates the psychology of victimization. It shows how fundamental assumptions about the world's meaningfulness and benevolence are shattered by traumatic events, and how victims become subject to self-blame in an attempt to accommodate brutality. The book is aimed at all those who for personal or professional reasons seek to understand what psychological trauma is and how to recover from it.
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Cognitive Conservatism and Resistance to Change
Trauma and the Terror of Our Own Fragility
Disillusionment and Change in the Assumptive
Processing the Powerful New Data
The Crucial Role of Other
Some Final Thoughts
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