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Trauma and Human Existence: Autobiographical, Psychoanalytic, and Philosophical Reflections

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Trauma and Human Existence effectively interweaves two themes central to emotional trauma - the first pertains to the contextuality of emotional life in general, and of the experience of emotional trauma in particular, and the second pertains to the recognition that the possibility of emotional trauma is built into the basic constitution of human existence.

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Paperback, 62 pages
Published June 27th 2007 by Routledge (first published January 1st 2007)
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Andrew Tibbetts
Jul 16, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone interested in psychotherapy
Shelves: psychotherapy
I am leaning more and more in my way of thinking about therapy in the direction of the Intersubjective school, of which Stolorow is a founding father. I wish he were a better writer. I wish any of the psychotherapists I admire were better writers. (Yalom is good and of course Freud is actually quite great, but the recent crew are caught up in the academic fascination with jargon and tortured syntax.) The ideas in this slim volume are very evocative however. This is Stolorow at his most personal, ...more
Julie
Nov 05, 2017 rated it liked it
a brief albeit dense discussion bridging trauma's mechanics with early 20th century philosopher, Martin Heidegger. the extra icing on the cake is Stolorow's own experience of suddenly loosing his wife to lung cancer. I read this book to learn how trauma works psychologically, not how trauma relates to Heidegger so I found the sections linking trauma to Heidegger's authentic and inauthentic self, anxiety and "Dasein" very hard to follow, especially when I have never read any of Heidegger's work. ...more
Sarah
May 26, 2011 rated it liked it
So the good and the bad is that this is an incredibly short book.

This is good because a little less than half of it is either an amateur analysis of Heidegger or Stolorow quoting himself from other books or actually quoting himself from earlier places in the book (which is only fifty pages, mind you). The good is also that Stolorow does make a decent attempt at integrating philosophical and psychoanalytical thought into a coherent explanatory structure. His analysis of trauma and its role in de
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Jennifer
Oct 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Good read, a little wordy. I found it hard to read through some of the many subject matter specific words. But it gave voice and credence to my experience with trauma and insight into topics I would prefer to research. Also great read if you are invalidating someone with a traumatic history or unsure of how to deal with others or your own children.
Matt
Mar 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
I liked this book a lot. It's very brief though, but it provides an excellent primer of Heidegger and also discusses the integration of interusbjective theory and a more existential mindset. Overall well worth the quick read.
IAO131
Apr 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: psychology
A very short piece on trauma, giving a new perspective on it. It involves an existential approach to trauma where it is seen as woven into the fabric of being human. Interesting new perspectives and ways to think about trauma; warning: there is Heidegger (and therefore many hyphenated terms).
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