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The Perversion of Loss

Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Trauma, 1st Edition

By Susan Levy, Alessandra Lemma


190 pages

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Paperback: 9780415950855
pub: 2004-06-28
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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

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Psychoanalysis
SELF-HELP / Death, Grief, Bereavement
SELF-HELP / Depression