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- DescriptionAccording the the poet Elias Canetti, All the things one has forgotten/scream for help in dreams . To the ancient Egyptians they were prophecies, and in world folklore they have often marked visitations from the dead. For Freud they were expressions of wish fulfillment , and for Jung, symbolic representations of mythical archetypes. Although there is still much disagreement about the significance and function of dreams, they seem to serve as a barometer of current mind and body states. In this volume, Deidre Barrett brings together the study of dreams and the psychology of trauma. She has called on a distinguished group of psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers - among them Rosalind Cartwright, Robert J. Lifton, and Oliver Sacks - to consider how trauma shapes dreaming and what the dreaming mind might reveal about trauma. The book focuses on catastrophic events, such as combat, political torture, natural disasters and rape. The lasting effects of childhood trauma, such as sexual abuse or severe burns, on personality formation, the nature of memories of early trauma, and the development of defenses related to amnesia and dissociation are all considered. The book also takes up trauma and adult dreams, including Vietnam veterans and post-traumatic stress disorder, Holocaust survivors and perpetrators, rape victims and firestorm survivors. Finally, this volume concludes with a look at the potential traumas of rmal life , such as divorce, bereavement and life-threatening illness, and the role of dreams in working through rmal grief and loss. Taken together, these diverse perspectives illuminate the universal and the particular effects of traumatic experience. For physicians and clinicians, determining the aetiology of nightmares offers valuable diagstic and therapeutic insights for individual treatment. This book provides a way of juxtaposing the research in the separate fields of trauma and dreams, and learning from their discoveries.
- Author BiographyDeirdre Barrett is Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a member of the faculty at Suffolk University. She is past President of the Association for the Study of Dreams, and Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Dreaming. She has a private practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
- PublisherHarvard University Press
- Date of Publication03/09/2001
- SubjectPsychology: Professional & General
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintHarvard University Press
- Content Note13 tables
- Weight394 g
- Width155 mm
- Height225 mm
- Spine18 mm
- Edited byDeirdre Barrett
- Format DetailsUnsewn / adhesive bound,Trade paperback (US)
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