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Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence - from Domestic Abuse to Political Terror Paperback – 9 May 1997
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From the Back Cover
‘One of the most important psychiatric works to be published since Freud.’
PHYLLIS CHESLER, 'The New York Times Book Review'
This classic text reveals the systematic ‘degrading’ of the trauma suffered by women who are victims of rape, incest and domestic violence, as compared to the ‘heroic’ trauma of male war veterans. According to the author. ‘The implications of this insight are horrifying; the subordinate condition of women is maintained and enforced by the hidden violence of men. There is war between the sexes. Rape victims, battered women, and sexually abused children are its causalities. Hysteria is the combat neurosis of the sex war.’
Herman, psychiatrist and award-winning author, calls on 20 years of research and clinical work in this landmark study. She repeatedly challenges orthodoxies as she calls for a new diagnostic category for those suffering from ‘hidden’ traumas, and proposes revolutionary treatment which focuses on re-establishing the capacity for intimate relationships rather than the rehearsing of past trauma. Required reading for anyone who cares about the relationship between the sexes.-- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
About the Author
Judith Herman, M.D., one of this country's leading experts on trauma and abuse, is associate clinical professor of psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School, and director of training at the Victims of Violence Program at Cambridge Hospital. She is also a founding member of the Women's Mental Health Collective in Massachusetts.
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The publisher is listed as Basic Books and they are not kidding, this edition is absolutely basic.
Try and get a better quality British edition.
Having suffered for over a decade to get my life into some order and decency, this explanation of how things can go wrong when bad stuff happens and what to do about it, for me at least, helps to validate and empower my recovery from traumatic distress. It has been my experience that the longer I've stayed captive to the events of the past the more intricate and seemingly unsolvable the remedy has been. But here, in this volume, I have a sensitive and thoughtful approach which I can access at my leisure. In fact, it is making me realise that I need to find some counselling/therapy and to work through my issues and problems with another person. Judith Lewis Herman's book helps me begin that journey afresh with some hope of a happy resolution.
As it says clearly on the back cover of this 2001 edition - "One of the most important psychiatric works since Freud" (New Your Times Book Review). But don't let that put you off! I've already recommended 'Trauma and Recovery' to several people and shall continue to do so.
*Update* Having looked through the first half of the book which gives a historical context and describes the associated condition of suffering from trauma I can certainly see that the author takes a female psychiatrist's perspective. As a man I have to read my own situation into her words. It does the job of clarifying my circumstances and so my recommendation still stands. The second half of the book is about the 'stages of recovery' which is what's so vitally important. In my experience, it can be the medical profession itself which causes traumatic harm by being inconsiderate and unsympathetic at a time of vulnerability in people's lives. Because Judith Lewis Herman practises medicine she naturally falls into the role of professional caregiver but it's worth bearing in mind that sometimes that's the last thing that's required!
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