The Truth about Trauma and Dissociation: Everything You Didn't Want to Know and Were Afraid to Ask

Author(s) : Valerie Sinason

The Truth about Trauma and Dissociation: Everything You Didn't Want to Know and Were Afraid to Ask

Book Details

  • Publisher : Karnac Books
  • Published : 2020
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 168
  • Category :
    Trauma and Violence
  • Catalogue No : 95252
  • ISBN 13 : 9781913494087
  • ISBN 10 : 191349408X

Reviews and Endorsements

This amazing little book helps each of us to speak and understand the unspeakable. Are we brave enough to know the truth in this dangerous but lifegiving journey? The book warns and encourages us that knowing can retraumatise at each life stage but also make us strong. Enjoy the clarity and beauty of Valerie's whistle-stop tour of trauma and dissociation.
Baroness Hollins, Emeritus Professor, University of London; Emeritus President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Valerie Sinason ventures into troubled emotional spaces to hear what we don't know and, often, don't wish to know. In plain language she has enabled us to see forms of cruelty and the psychic consequences which lead to the extreme splitting of psyches into dissociated and multiple self-states ... A book of interest to clinicians and a much wider audience.
Dr. Susie Orbach, Psychoanalyst and founder of The Women's Therapy Centre, London, and The Women's Therapy Centre Institute, New York, and author of Fat is a Feminist Issue, The Impossibility of Sex and Bodies

I think ‘truth’ is the key, emphatic word here because Valerie’s narrative strips trauma of the protective veils society unconsciously cloaks it in to shield itself from the horrors it boasts whilst declaring dissociation a very real, effective and resourceful defence to cushion its devastating, destructive, demonic blows. As somebody who has a thirst for literature in the field of traumatology, this book is unique in its presentation, balancing truth with endearing quirkiness and offering a relational space where the reader is both student, vicarious client and therapist, a valued, cherished and important member of society and above all else, someone the author wishes to educate and encourage to pause for reflection and introspection in the face of the ravages of trauma.
The book is confronting in its nakedness, stripping trauma bare in all guises: sexual abuse, torture, the Holocaust, war in all its presentations including the invisible war we are globally held hostage to - coronavirus and many more atrocities. Knowing the horrors of trauma intimately and having read about trauma prolifically, I thought I was immune to the stark realities this book describes but I, too, wrestled with recoiling in my reading of the indiscriminate war imposed on us by the invisible evil of Covid.
I applaud Valerie in this outstanding achievement and above all else, my parts and I thank her profusely for giving us a voice and making the world sit up and listen. The rest is down to all of us.
Michele Jowett, ESTD UK

This is a small but powerful and thought-provoking book written by a leader in the field of dissociative studies. [...] Sinason writes at her best, with evocatively worded phrases and powerful metaphors. [...] And the device of starting and ending with the same short poem was brilliant, and one of the ways that Sinason tried to actively engage her readers. She also writes with a deeply humane voice—non-judgemental, caring, and compassionate to us when we cannot bear to know or cannot help some-one.
Susan Wright

In a lively and conversational tone of voice, Valerie manages to provide a succinct yet rich overview of two related psychotherapeutic concepts: trauma and dissociation. [...] Woven throughout the book are quotes from the arts, literature and poetry, which Valerie beautifully uses to illuminate the often unspeakable and timeless nature of trauma and dissociation. This adds an emotional experiential depth to her insightful commentary for the reader.
Letticia Banton, TR Together, 2024

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