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Trauma and Its Impacts on Temporal Experience
New Perspectives from Phenomenology and Psychoanalysis

ISBN 9781032137292
Published December 30, 2021 by Routledge
170 Pages

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Book Description

This unique text develops an original theoretical framework for understanding the relationship between trauma and time by combining phenomenological and psychoanalytical traditions.

Moving beyond Western psychoanalytical and phenomenological traditions, this volume presents new perspectives on the assessment and treatment of trauma patients. Powerfully illustrating how the temporal dimension of a patient’s symptoms has until now been overlooked, the text presents a wealth of research literature to deepen our understanding of how trauma disrupts individual temporal experience. Ultimately, the resulting phenomena that occur (including dissociation and cognitive distortions) position time as a transdiagnostic psychological dimension, closely connected to the subject’s sense of self.

This text will benefit researchers, academics, and educators with an interest in psychoanalysis, phenomenology, and trauma and dissociation studies more broadly. Those specifically interested in the philosophy of the mind, Freud, and psychotherapy will also benefit from this book.

Table of Contents

About the Author

Introduction: Trauma and the Elusive Nature of Psychic Time

1: Time and the Nature of Psychological Trauma
2. The Concept of Nachträglichkeit and the Traumatic Disruption of Linear Time
3. Time, Trauma, and the Unconscious Mind
4. Trauma, Time, and Psychopathology
5. Dissociation and Traumatic Temporality
6. Time, Trauma, and Memory
7. Time, Trauma, and Neural (Dis-)Integration
8. Time, Trauma, and Therapeutic Change
Conclusion: Healing From Trauma


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Selene Mezzalira obtained her Ph.D. in Philosophy (2016) and Clinical Psychology (2018) from the University of Padova, Italy, and Ryokan College, USA, respectively. She has been a visiting scholar at Columbia University in the city of New York and at the University of California, Irvine, USA.