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

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When Judith Herman's Trauma and Recovery was first published five years ago, it was hailed as a groundbreaking work. In the intervening years, Herman's now classic volume has changed the way we think about and treat traumatic events and trauma victims. In a new introduction, Herman chronicles the incredible response the book has elicited and explains how the issues surrounding the topic of trauma and recovery have shifted within the clinical community and the culture at large. Trauma and Recovery brings a new ...
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Overview

When Judith Herman's Trauma and Recovery was first published five years ago, it was hailed as a groundbreaking work. In the intervening years, Herman's now classic volume has changed the way we think about and treat traumatic events and trauma victims. In a new introduction, Herman chronicles the incredible response the book has elicited and explains how the issues surrounding the topic of trauma and recovery 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 on domestic violence, as well as on a 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.

"...a psychology classic, called one of the most important psychiatric works since Freud, containing a new afterword by its author...discusses how violence in all forms affects its survivors and how those survivors cope."

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Herman links the public traumas of society to those of domestic life in this provocative work of psychiatric theory. (Aug.)
Booknews
Herman (psychiatry, Harvard Medical School) draws on her own research on domestic violence, as well as on a vast literature on combat veterans and victims of political terror, to show the parallels between private terrors like rape and public traumas such as terrorism. At the heart of the book is a unique approach to recovery that demands that the therapist depart from a stance of moral neutrality, working slowly toward integration rather than catharsis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"Herman links the public traumas of society to those of domestic life in this provocative work of psychiatric theory." —-Publishers Weekly
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  • ISBN-13: 9780465087662
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 7/28/1993
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.33 (w) x 8.01 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author


Judith Lewis Herman, M.D., is a leading expert on trauma and abuse and an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School.

Jo Anna Perrin is an accomplished actor, having appeared in film and television, as well as on stage in New York, Los Angeles, and regionally.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Traumatic Disorders:

A Forgotten History
Terror
Disconnection
Captivity
Child Abuse
A New Diagnosis

Stages of Recovery:

A Healing Relationship
Safety
Remembrance and Mourning
Reconnection
Commonality
The Dialectic of Trauma Continues

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