Trauma and Human Existence

Trauma and Human Existence

This volume traces how both themes interconnect, largely as they crystallize in the author’s personal experience of traumatic loss.

Author: Robert D. Stolorow

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136873119

Category: Psychology

Page: 74

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Trauma and Human Existence effectively interweaves two themes central to emotional trauma - the first pertains to the contextuality of emotional life in general, and of the experience of emotional trauma in particular, and the second pertains to the recognition that the possibility of emotional trauma is built into the basic constitution of human existence. This volume traces how both themes interconnect, largely as they crystallize in the author’s personal experience of traumatic loss. As discussed in the book's final chapter, whether or not this constitutive possibility will be brought lastingly into the foreground of our experiential world depends on the relational contexts in which we live. Taken as a whole, Trauma and Human Existence exhibits the unity of the deeply personal, the theoretical, and the philosophical in the understanding of emotional trauma and the place it occupies in human existence.
Categories: Psychology

Trauma and Human Existence

Trauma and Human Existence

This felt incommensurability, in turn, contributes to the sense of alienation and estrangement from other human beings that typically haunts the traumatized person. Torn from the communal fabric of being-in-time, trauma remains ...

Author: Robert D. Stolorow

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781136873126

Category: Psychology

Page: 62

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First Published in 2007. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Categories: Psychology

World Affectivity Trauma

World  Affectivity  Trauma

Stolorow and his collaborators' post-Cartesian psychoanalytic perspective – intersubjective-systems theory – is a phenomenological contextualism that illuminates worlds of emotional experience as they take form within relational ...

Author: Robert D. Stolorow

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136717727

Category: Philosophy

Page: 136

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Stolorow and his collaborators' post-Cartesian psychoanalytic perspective – intersubjective-systems theory – is a phenomenological contextualism that illuminates worlds of emotional experience as they take form within relational contexts. After outlining the evolution and basic ideas of this framework, Stolorow shows both how post-Cartesian psychoanalysis finds enrichment and philosophical support in Heidegger's analysis of human existence, and how Heidegger's existential philosophy, in turn, can be enriched and expanded by an encounter with post-Cartesian psychoanalysis. In doing so, he creates an important psychological bridge between post-Cartesian psychoanalysis and existential philosophy in the phenomenology of emotional trauma.
Categories: Philosophy

Trauma and Human Existence

Trauma and Human Existence

Author: Robert David Stolorow

Publisher:

ISBN: 0549416358

Category: Anxiety

Page: 170

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This dissertation develops a phenomenology of emotional trauma by tracing the interweaving of two central themes. One pertains to the context-embeddedness of emotional life in general and of the experience of emotional trauma in particular. Emotional experience is inseparable from the contexts of attunement and malattunement in which it is felt. Painful emotional experiences become enduringly traumatic in the absence of a relational home in which they can be integrated. The second theme, which draws on Heidegger's existential analytic, pertains to the recognition that emotional trauma is built into the basic constitution of human existence. In virtue of our finitude and the finitude of our important connections with others, the possibility of emotional trauma constantly impends and is ever present. The concluding chapter offers a synthesis of these two themes---trauma's contextuality and its existentiality---into a broader unity that can encompass them both. Just as finitude is fundamental to our existential constitution (Heidegger), so too is it constitutive of our existence that we meet each other as "siblings in the same darkness," deeply connected with one another in virtue of our common finitude. Our kinship-in-finitude is the condition for the possibility both of the contextuality of emotional trauma and of forming bonds of emotional attunement in which traumatized states can be integrated. The unifying idea of kinship-in-finitude provides a basis for illuminating the richness entailed in Heidegger's conception of Mitsein.
Categories: Anxiety

Bessie Head and the Trauma of Exile

Bessie Head and the Trauma of Exile

(Stolorow, Trauma and Human Existence ... 66–67) Mr. Tuttle lives separately from the reality of the external world, as his future seems to be unnamed. In addition, Lauren consequently waits to be told who she is because she is defined ...

Author: Joshua Agbo

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000398632

Category: Social Science

Page: 246

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This book investigates themes of exile and oppression in Southern Africa across Bessie Head’s novels and short fiction. An exile herself, arriving in Botswana as a South African refugee, Bessie Head’s fiction serves as an important example of African exile literature. This book argues that Head’s characters are driven to exile as a result of their socio- political ambivalence while still in South Africa, and that this sense of discomfort follows them to their new lives. Investigating themes of trauma and identity politics across colonial and post- colonial contexts, this book also addresses the important theme of black- on- black prejudice and hostility which is often overlooked in studies of Head’s work. Covering Head’s shorter fiction as well as her major novels When Rain Clouds Gather (1969), Maru (1971), A Question of Power (1973), Serowe: Village of the Rain Wind (1981), and A Bewitched Crossroads: An African Saga (1984), this book will be of interest to researchers of African literature and postcolonial history.
Categories: Social Science

Beyond Postmodernism

Beyond Postmodernism

Trauma. and. human. existence. The mutual enrichment of Heidegger's existential analytic andapsychoanalytic understanding of trauma Robert D.Stolorow During a sixteenyear period after having the experience of a traumatic loss, I strove, ...

Author: Roger Frie

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317723493

Category: Psychology

Page: 256

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Beyond Postmodernism identifies ways in which psychoanalysis has moved beyond the postmodern debate and discusses how this can be applied to contemporary practice. Roger Frie and Donna Orange bring together many of the leading authorities on psychoanalytic theory and practice to provide a broad scope of psychoanalytic viewpoints and perspectives on the growing interdisciplinary discourse between psychoanalysis, continental philosophy, social theory and philosophy of mind. Divided into two parts, Psychoanalytic Encounters with Postmodernism and Psychoanalysis Beyond Postmodernism, this book: elaborates and clarifies aspects of the postmodern turn in psychoanalysis furthers an interdisciplinary perspective on clinical theory and practice contributes to new understandings of theory and practice beyond postmodernism. Beyond Postmodernism: New Dimensions in Clinical Theory and Practice provides a fresh perspective on the relationship between psychoanalysis and postmodernism and raises new issues for the future. It will be of interest to practicing psychoanalysts and psychologists as well as students interested in psychoanalysis, postmodernism and philosophy.
Categories: Psychology

Persons in Context

Persons in Context

In such a world, human beings would be much more capable of living in their existential anxiety rather than having to revert to the ... Trauma and human existence: Autobiographical, psychoana- lytic, and philosophical reflections.

Author: Roger Frie

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135263645

Category: Psychology

Page: 184

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In contemporary forms of psychoanalysis, particularly intersubjective systems theory, the turn towards contextualism has permitted the development of new ways of thinking and practicing that have dispensed with the notion of isolated individuality. For many who embrace this "post-subjectivist" way of thinking and practicing, the recognition that all human experience is fundamentally immersed in the world makes the question of individuality seem confusing, even anachronistic. Yet the challenge of individuality remains an important and pressing issue for contemporary theory and practice; many clinicians are left to wonder about the role of "individual" experience and how to approach it conceptually or clinically. This volume of original essays gives the problem of individuality its due, without losing sight of the importance of contextualized experience. Drawing on a variety of disciplinary backgrounds - philosophical, developmental, biological, and neuroscientific - the contributors address the tension that exists between individuality and the emergence of contextualism as a dominant mode of psychoanalytic theory and practice, thereby providing unique insights into the role and place of individuality both in and out of the clinical setting. Ultimately, these essays demonstrate that individuality, no matter how it may be defined, always occurs within a contextual web that forms the basis of human experience. Contributors: William J. Coburn, Philip Cushman, James L. Fosshage, Roger Frie, Frank M. Lachmann, Jack Martin, Donna Orange, Robert D. Stolorow, Jeff Sugarman
Categories: Psychology

Trauma

Trauma

Trauma and human existence: Autobiographical, psychoanalytic and philosophical reflections. New York: Analytic Press. Stolorow, R., & Atwood, G. (1992). The context of being. Northvale, NJ: Analytic Press. Sullivan, H. S. (1953).

Author: Shoshana Ringel

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781452239408

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

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Trauma: Contemporary Directions in Theory, Practice, and Research is a comprehensive text on trauma, including such phenomena as sexual abuse, childhood trauma, PTSD, terrorism, natural disasters, cultural trauma, school shootings, and combat trauma. Addressing multiple theoretical systems and how each system conceptualizes trauma, the book offers valuable information about therapeutic process dimensions and the use of specialized methods and clinical techniques in trauma work, with an emphasis on how trauma treatment may affect the clinician. Intended for courses in clinical practice and psychopathology, the book may also be useful as a graduate-level text in the allied mental health professions.
Categories: Social Science

International Handbook of Human Response to Trauma

International Handbook of Human Response to Trauma

Bicultural trauma survivors benefit from both traditional and Western treatment in the same way that they have been able ... the idioms of post-traumatic distress depends on our ability to identify universal aspects of human existence, ...

Author: Arieh Y. Shalev

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781461541776

Category: Psychology

Page: 477

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In 1996, representatives from 27 different countries met in Jerusalem to share ideas about traumatic stress and its impact. For many, this represented the first dialogue that they had ever had with a mental health professional from another country. Many of the attendees had themselves been exposed to either personal trauma or traumatizing stories involving their patients, and represented countries that were embroiled in conflicts with each other. Listening to one another became possible because of the humbling humanity of each participant, and the accuracy and objectivity of the data presented. Understanding human traumatization had thus become a common denomi nator, binding together all attendees. This book tries to capture the spirit of the Jerusalem World Conference on Traumatic Stress, bringing forward the diversities and commonalties of its constructive discourse. In trying to structure the various themes that arose, it was all too obvious that paradigms of different ways of conceiving of traumatic stress should be addressed first. In fact, the very idea that psychological trauma can result in mental health symptoms that should be treated has not yet gained universal acceptability. Even within medicine and mental health, competing approaches about the impact of trauma and the origins of symptoms abound. Part I discusses how the current paradigm of traumatic stress disorder developed within the historical, social, and process contexts. It also grapples with some of the difficulties that are presented by this paradigm from anthropologic, ethical, and scientific perspectives.
Categories: Psychology

Kohut s Twinship Across Cultures

Kohut s Twinship Across Cultures

... as essentially alike, especially if the emphasis is on the sameness, can be understood as a secondary reaction to emotional trauma. Stolorow (2009), in his autobiographical reflections on trauma and human existence, also regards ...

Author: Koichi Togashi

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317578659

Category: Psychology

Page: 188

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Kohut's Twinship Across Cultures: The Psychology of Being Human chronicles a 10-year-voyage in which the authors struggled, initially independently, to make sense of Kohut‘s intentions when he radically re-defined the twinship experience to one of "being human among other human beings". Commencing with an exploration of Kohut’s work on twinship and an illustration of the value of what he left for elaboration, Togashi and Kottler proceed to introduce a new and very different sensitivity to understanding particular psychoanalytic relational processes and ideas about human existential anguish, trauma, and the meaning of life. Together they tackle the twinship concept, which has often been misunderstood and about which little has been written. Uniquely, the book expands and elaborates upon Kohut’s final definition, "being human among other human beings." It problematizes this apparently simple concept with a wide range of clinical material, demonstrating the complexity of the statement and the intricacies involved in recognizing and working with traumatized patients who have never experienced this feeling. It asks how a sense of being human, as opposed to being described as human, can be generated and how this might help clinicians to better understand and work with trauma. Written for psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists interested in self-psychological, intersubjective, and relational theories, Twinship Across Cultures will also be invaluable to clinicians working in the broader areas of psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, social work, psychiatry and education. It will enrich their sensitivity and capacity to understand and treat traumatized patients and the alienation they feel among other human beings.
Categories: Psychology