The Unbroken Soul: Tragedy, Trauma, and Human Resilience

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Februar 2008



Mental health professionals, while trained to treat psychopathology, are insufficiently informed of human resilience of how what intrapsychic, interpersonal, and psychosocial factors are operative in adaptive coping with trauma. This book addresses the matter of resilience from the vantage point of the authors' personal and clinical experiences.


Chapter 1 The biopsychosocial miracle of resilience: An overview Chapter 2 Children in war and their resiliences Chapter 3 Some thoughts on psychic trauma and its treatment Chapter 4 Resilience: Accommodation and recovery Chapter 5 On genocidal persecution and resilience Chapter 6 A self-study of resilience - Healing from the Holocaust Chapter 7 Resilience, sublimation, and healing: Reactions to a personal narrative Chapter 8 Psychological and biological factors associated with resilience to stress and trauma Chapter 9 From trauma to resilience Chapter 10 Resilience and Its Correlates


Henri Parens, M.D. is professor of psychiatry at Jefferson Medical College and training and supervising analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia. Salman Akhtar, M.D. is professor of psychiatry at Jefferson Medical College, training and supervising analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia, and a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the American College of Psychoanalysts. Harold P. Blum, M.D. is clinical professor of psychiatry and training analyst at New York University School of Medicine.


During the last 30 years I have visited various parts of the world scarred by wars or war-like conditions. In these situations I often observed that traumatized refugees or internally displaced persons dropped dead without any apparent reason. However, I was also sometimes amazed to observe that other individuals in such locations were able to keep their self-esteem and dignity, adapt to the tragedies, and even offer leadership to those around them, helping to lift their spirits. This book taught me a great deal about the psychology of resilience, a very new field of psychodynamic investigation, and reminded me that trauma studies are not complete without the inclusion of developing theories about unbroken souls. -- Vamik D. Volkan M.D., professor emeritus of psychiatry at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA and the author of Killing in the Name of Identity: Stories of Bloody Conflicts.
EAN: 9780765705891
ISBN: 0765705893
Untertitel: 'Margaret S. Mahler'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Februar 2008
Seitenanzahl: 200 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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