1st Edition

Analysing Patients with Traumas
Separation, Illness, Violence



ISBN 9781782203353
Published February 28, 2018 by Routledge
316 Pages

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Book Description

The focus of this book is on detailed case histories of patients with severe traumas. The author takes us through the successive stages of analysis and gives us a graphic impression of the progress of her diagnostic and therapeutic insights into traumatic processes and their treatment. Her main interest is in the development of the transference/countertransference relationship. Traumatic experience has to be actualised within that relationship if it is to be treated successfully, only in this way can therapeutic change become a feasible proposition. Traumatic micro-processes and trauma-sequel phenomena in transference and countertransference are described and conceptualized. The author demonstrates her point with examples taken from clinical practice: illnesses experienced as traumatic; separation traumas; childhood experiences of violence; adult experiences of violence: war, torture, and displacement that can engender PTSD. This book is a genuinely original contribution to psychoanalytic treatment of traumas.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Sick Children - Sick Mothers  1. "No sick children in my house today": death fears in children  2. "That's my mother's trauma, not mine": concretistic fusion, acting-out, symbolisation  3. "We aren't starving yet": silence in withdrawal and communicating in images  4. Splitting and fusion  Part 2: Separation Traumas  5. "This is my daughter. Take good care of her!": From objectless anxiety to separation anxiety  6. "Everyone knows my mother. Everyone except me.": Concretistic fusion and denial of object loss  7. "The greatest danger comes from myself": destruction and guilt  8. Acting out and compulsive repetition  Part 3: Experiences Of Violence And Abuse In Childhood  9. A helper in search of help: splitting and psychic reality  10. "I want no part of this hell": en route to perversion  11. "I can look after myself": destruction and consolation in one and the same object?  12. Love and hate Part 4: Experiences Of Violence And Abuse In Adulthood: Torture And War  13. Post-traumatic stress disorder  14. Negative countertransference: depletion and resilience  Part 5: Conclusion  15. Consequences for psychoanalytic technique  16. Trauma in society and politics: an outlook

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