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Shattered Assumptions

4.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  21 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
This book investigates the psychology of victimization. It shows how fundamental assumptions about the world's meaningfulness and benevolence are shattered by traumatic events, and how victims become subject to self-blame in an attempt to accommodate brutality. The book is aimed at all those who for personal or professional reasons seek to understand what psychological tra ...more
ebook, 272 pages
Published June 15th 2010 by Free Press (first published April 1st 1992)
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Feb 21, 2016 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science, cognition
I was first introduced to the idea that traumatic experiences fracture the usual mental framework of a benevolent and understandable world 7 years before the publication of this book. I read a 1985 article in the NY Times science section The idea that young children develop this worldview and sense of self-worth together made a lot of sense to me. My personal interpretation of this was as follows. The evolutionary purpose of intelligence is to make choices that increase benefits to the individua ...more
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Feb 07, 2015 Ben Adams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most insightful books I've ever read. Helped me understand the role of NARRATIVE in recovery from trauma. Pretty much everyone who studies trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) refers to this book as the basic conceptual text.
May 29, 2008 Suzie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology
I wasn't a fan of this book. I AM interested in clinical psychology, but I felt like this author really just reiterated a lot of trite baloney about our world views and such. I did not care for the layout, either--not many studies were cited, and few case studies were described in detail.
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Nov 25, 2013 Andy Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Foundational book to understand the effect of trauma on our core assumptions about the world.
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