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The Haunted Self: Structural Dissociation and the Treatment of Chronic Traumatization

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They typically have a wide array of symptoms, often classified under different combinations of comorbidity, which can make assessment and treatment complicated and confusing for the therapist.

Many patients have substantial problems with daily living and relationships, including serious intrapsychic conflicts and maladaptive coping strategies. Their suffering essentially re
Hardcover, 440 pages
Published November 17th 2006 by W. W. Norton Company (first published November 10th 2006)
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Hugo Darino
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mental-health
Not a psychology major, just someone suffering with PTSD and the dissociative aspects of it. Helped me understand the science behind EMDR treatment. It helped me. If you are the intellectual or curious type, as I like to call myself...this is a very good read, if you don't mind a slow read...due to spending countless hours understanding the phycological terminology, and rightful assumptions by the author that this would be read by only knowledgable and experienced therapists....i am not one of t ...more
Daniel Coburn
This book really illuminates the varying impacts of unresolved trauma on personality development, especially for survivors of early and chronic childhood abuse or neglect. It's dense with information, but I highly recommend for anyone interested in better understanding the potentially complex, lasting effects of chronic traumatization.
Rayel Long Soul System
This is THE BOOK of Dissociation, from BPD, PTSD, C-PTSD, OSDD and DID.

A very must read for professionals, therapists, researchers, patients and loved ones. If you want to know how dissociation works, why it works, why we do it, and why it's a covert dissorder, please read this.

It's a tough read. But it will worth it. And yes, this is a theory, but it's absurdly supported and well researched.

Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Explains the idea of different "parts" of the personality that don't integrate. This is attributed to trauma, usually early in life, of sexual abuse or other violence. My big unanswered question, though, is whether violent events are the only cause of the psychological phenomenon.
I wanted to like this one a lot more than I did. It wasn't so much the technical language - though I did struggle with all the jargon at times - it was a remove, a coldness, an othering I felt in the text that didn't really dissipate and stopped me connecting with this work. That isn't to say I didn't find it interesting. It's an interesting theory, and one that's all the rage right now, so it was something I wanted to understand deeper. It is a book I'll reread at some point just to firm up my ...more
Donna Zmijewski
Apr 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: PTSD, CPTSD survivors and general public
Recommended to Donna by: Found it on a link on Facebook
Shelves: ptsd-books
I found the book to be very insightful but found that after the first few chapters, the exact same material was repeated throughout the rest of the remaining chapters. However, I did find information that I felt was helpful to me with my CPTSD and also would be helpful for others with similar diagnoses, as well as the general population.
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Not an easy read to just breeze thtough, for a number of reasons, but an interesting one, so it took me a while, but it was well worth it.
Excellent, accurate and informative.

This text is the most accurate and thoroughly-researched explanation of structural dissociation due to chronic/complex trauma, especially in regards to trauma during development. It is a difficult, heartbreaking but insightful read. Would recommend to clinicians and individuals dealing with trauma and dissociation. However, it might be necessary to approach with caution; the book may cause dysregulation as it puts the confusing and overwhelming reality of com
Hannah Murphy
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Shelves: psychology
Fantastic book very Heavy for someone who reads a lot , it's the type of book you dip in and out of
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“traumatized individuals (as EP) “are continuing the action, or rather the attempt at action, which began when the thing happened; and they exhaust themselves in these everlasting recommencements” (p. 663).” 4 likes
“observations suggest that the survivor as ANP typically engages in tasks of daily life such as reproduction, attachment, caretaking, and other social action tendencies, and avoidance of traumatic memories, which support a focus on daily life issues. In contrast, the survivor as EP primarily displays evolutionary defensive and emotional reactions to the (perceived) threat on which he or she seems to be fixated. Third, survivors should be very susceptible to classical conditioning, because, as we discuss below, EP and ANP strongly respond to unconditioned and conditioned threat cues.” 4 likes
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