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1st Edition

The Perversion of Loss
Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Trauma

ISBN 9780415950855
Published June 28, 2004 by Routledge
190 Pages

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Alessandra Lemma - Winner of the Levy-Goldfarb Award for Child Psychoanalysis!

The Perversion of Loss is an edited collection of psychoanalytic papers written by clinicians in the field of trauma. The text offers a psychoanalytic perspective on trauma and its effects on psychic functioning. In particular, it draws on attachment theory to explain how trauma undermines psychic resilience both within individuals and also within broader communities and societies. This collection contextualizes external traumatic events and addresses both individual, internal responses as well as the impact of trauma on broader social relations.

Table of Contents

The Psychic Impact of Trauma on Attachment Relationships
The Breakdown of Symbolic Functioning in Response to Major Trauma
The Impact of Trauma on Benign Memory
The Breakdown of Narrative Functioning as a Traumatic Response
The Law of the Talion: Revenge and Forgiveness in Response to Trauma
Rape as a Symbolic Attack on the Mother's Body:
Themes on Sexual Violence in South Africa
Trauma on the World Stage: Reflections on Conflict in Palestine and Israel
Trauma: A Perversion of Loss
Nowhere to Run To: The Impact of Trauma on Countertransference Responses
Survival: The Place of Psychotherapy in our Responses to Trauma

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