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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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465087303
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 05/28/1997
Series: Art of Mentoring Series
Edition description: REV
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile: 1330L (what's this?)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents


Traumatic Disorders

1. A Forgotten History
2. Terror
3. Disconnection
4. Captivity
5. Child Abuse
6. A New Diagnosis

Stages of Recovery

7. A Healing Relationship
8. Safety
9. Remembrance and Mourning
10. Reconnection
11. Commonality
Afterword: The Dialectic of Trauma Continues

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