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Trans-generational Trauma and the Other

Dialogues across history and difference

Edited by Sue Grand, Jill Salberg

© 2017 – Routledge

246 pages

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Often, our trans-generational legacies are stories of 'us' and 'them' that never reach their terminus. We carry fixed narratives, and the ghosts of our perpetrators and of our victims. We long to be subjects in our own history, but keep reconstituting the Other as an object in their own history. Trans-generational Trauma and the Other argues that healing requires us to engage with the Other who carries a corresponding pre-history. Without this dialogue, alienated ghosts can become persecutory objects, in psyche, politics, and culture.  

This volume examines the violent loyalties of the past, the barriers to dialogue with our Other, and complicates the inter-subjectivity of Big History. Identifying our inherited narratives and relinquishing splitting, these authors ask how we can re-cast our Other, and move beyond dysfunctional repetitions - in our individual lives and in society.  

Featuring rich clinical material, Trans-generational Trauma and the Other provides an invaluable guide to expanding the application of trans-generational transmission in psychoanalysis. It will appeal to psychoanalysts, psychoanalytic psychotherapists and trauma experts.


"Offering a psychoanalytic perspective that can encompass trans-generational trauma and the relation to the other is a vital and exciting project, one that required the cooperation of many minds. Equal to that challenge, Trans-generational Trauma and the Other has assembled a stunning array of bold and profound contributions, creatively crossing the boundaries of time and geography, illuminating previously unspoken realms of suffering and injury. Brimming with insight and wisdom, this book is a must-read for anyone interested in the psychic and social wounds of traumatic histories."-?Jessica Benjamin, author of Shadow of the Other and Beyond Doer and Done to.

"This book deals in a fresh manner with the ever-present clinical and sociocultural evidence that massive group trauma gets passed on to the generations that follow its victims. Encompassing the heartbreaking injustices of slavery, the diabolical cruelties of the Holocaust, the violent ravaging of Cambodia, and the cold suffocations of colonialism at large, the discourse illuminates the dark side of the self-other dialectics, both in the external reality and in the inner world of reminiscences and narratives. Theoretically sophisticated, historically informed, and clinically relevant, Sue Grand and Jill Salberg’s collection of essays exemplifies modern, anthropological psychoanalysis at its best."-Salman Akhtar, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Thomas Jefferson University and Supervising and Training Analyst, Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia.

Table of Contents

Editor’s Introduction Jill Salberg and Sue Grand

Section 1: When Our Histories Collide

Introduction to Section 1: Haunted Dialogues: When Histories Collide C. Fred Alford, Ph.D.

Chapter 1. Representing, Theorizing and Reconfiguring the Concept of Trans-generational Haunting in order to Facilitate Healing Maurice Apprey, M.D.

Chapter 2. Skin Memories: On Race, Love and Loss Sue Grand, Ph.D.

Chapter 3. When the Shadow of the Holocaust Falls Upon the Analytic Dyad Deborah Liner, Ph.D.

Section 2: Political Legacies, Encrypted Hauntings

Introduction to section 2: Confronting The Other Within Kirkland Vaughans, Ph.D.

Chapter 4. The Demonization of Ethel Rosenberg Adrienne Harris, Ph.D.

Chapter 5. The Endurance of Slavery’s Traumas and ‘Truths’ Janice Gump, Ph.D.

Chapter 6. Dialogues in No Man’s Land Ofra Bloch

Chapter 7. Racialized Enactments and Normative Unconscious Processes: Where Haunted Identities Meet Lynne Layton

Section 3: Reassembling Narrative and Culture: Bridging Otherness

Introduction to section 3: Healing Haunted Memories: From Monuments to Memorials Donna Orange, Ph.D., Psy.D.

Chapter 8. Tower of Skulls: A Totemic Memorial to the Cambodian Genocide Evelyn Rappoport, Psy.D.

Chapter 9. War and Peace Eyal Rozmarin, Ph.D.

Chapter 10. The Colonized Mind: Gender, Trauma and Mentalization Sandra Silverman, L.C.S.W.

Chapter 11. My Attachment Disorder with Truth David Goodman, Ph.D.

About the Editors

Sue Grand, PhD, is a clinical adjunct associate professor of psychology, faculty member and clinical consultant/supervisor at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, faculty at the trauma program at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies, The Stephen Mitchell Center for Relational Studies, and the couples and family program at the New York University Postdoctoral program in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.

Jill Salberg, PhD, ABPP, is a clinical adjunct associate professor of psychology, faculty member and clinical consultant/supervisor at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, faculty and supervisor at the Stephen Mitchell Center for Relational Studies and the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy.

About the Series

Relational Perspectives Book Series

The Relational Perspectives Book Series (RPBS) publishes books that grow out of or contribute to the relational tradition in contemporary psychoanalysis. The term relational psychoanalysis was first used by Greenberg and Mitchell (1983) to bridge the traditions of interpersonal relations, as developed within interpersonal psychoanalysis and object relations, as developed within contemporary British theory. But, under the seminal work of the late Stephen Mitchell, the term relational psychoanalysis grew and began to accrue to itself many other influences and developments. Various tributaries—interpersonal psychoanalysis, object relations theory, self psychology, empirical infancy research, and elements of contemporary Freudian and Kleinian thought—flow into this tradition, which understands relational configurations between self and others, both real and fantasied, as the primary subject of psychoanalytic investigation.  

We refer to the relational tradition, rather than to a relational school, to highlight that we are identifying a trend, a tendency within contemporary psychoanalysis, not a more formally organized or coherent school or system of beliefs. Our use of the term relational signifies a dimension of theory and practice that has become salient across the wide spectrum of contemporary psychoanalysis. Now under the editorial supervision of Lewis Aron and Adrienne Harris with the assistance of Associate Editors Steven Kuchuck and Eyal Rozmarin, the Relational Perspectives Book Series originated in 1990 under the editorial eye of the late Stephen A. Mitchell. Mitchell was the most prolific and influential of the originators of the relational tradition. He was committed to dialogue among psychoanalysts and he abhorred the authoritarianism that dictated adherence to a rigid set of beliefs or technical restrictions. He championed open discussion, comparative and integrative approaches, and he promoted new voices across the generations.  

Included in the Relational Perspectives Book Series are authors and works that come from within the relational tradition, extend and develop the tradition, as well as works that critique relational approaches or compare and contrast it with alternative points of view. The series includes our most distinguished senior psychoanalysts along with younger contributors who bring fresh vision.

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PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Psychoanalysis