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Trauma: Contemporary Directions in Theory, Practice, and Research is a comprehensive text on trauma, including such phenomena as sexual abuse, childhood trauma, PTSD, terrorism, natural disasters, cultural trauma, school shootings, and combat trauma. Addressing multiple theoretical systems and how each system conceptualizes trauma, the book offers valuable information about therapeutic process dimensions and the use of specialized methods and clinical techniques in trauma work, with an emphasis on how trauma treatment may affect the clinician. Intended for courses in clinical practice and psychopathology, the book may also be useful as a graduate-level text in the allied mental health professions.
Chapter 3: Psychoanalytic Theory (Part I)
Psychoanalytic Theory (Part I)
Beginning with the classical formulations of Sigmund Freud, the concept of trauma has gradually attained a superordinate status in the psychoanalytic literature. Indeed, the idea of trauma runs as a common thread across generational and ideological lines in psychoanalysis and has been addressed by every major psychoanalytic school, from Freud and Breuer's earliest forays into the treatment of hysteria to the relational theories of contemporary psychoanalysis. In this chapter, we will begin by exploring Freud's conceptions of trauma, paying close attention to his views on hysteria, the concept of danger situations, and the ego's signal anxiety and defensive functions. This will be followed by a discussion of the trauma in relation to object loss. In succeeding sections ...