The Posttraumatic Self: Restoring Meaning and Wholeness to Personality

Editor : John P. Wilson

The Posttraumatic Self: Restoring Meaning and Wholeness to Personality

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : January 2006
  • Category :
    Trauma and Violence
  • Catalogue No : 23124
  • ISBN 13 : 9780415950176
  • ISBN 10 : 0415950171
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Filling a gap that exists in most traumatology literature, 'The Posttraumatic Self' provides an optimistic analysis of the aftermath of a traumatic event. This work appreciates the potentially positive effects of trauma and links those effects to the discovery of one's identity, character, and purpose. Wilson and his distinguished contributors explore the nature and dynamics of the posttraumatic self, emphasising human resilience and prompting continued optimal functioning. While taking into consideration pathological consquences such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the authors study the impacts a traumatic event can have on one's inner self, and they help the victims transform such an event into healthy self-transcendent lifecycles. 'The Posttraumatic Self' will help victims and healers transform the way they deal with the complexities of trauma by making important connections that will allow for healing and growth.

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'"The Posttraumatic Self" is a richly illustrated guide to healing the traumatized individual across the life cycle. The focus on the self, in all of its complexity, serves as a constant tread across all of the authors' contributions, providing a coherence and continuity rarely achieved in edited volumes.' - Frank W. Putnam, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, USA

'No author knows more nor better understands the complex and tragic psychic consequences of trauma for the self than John P. Wilson. This is a must reading for everyone from victims to healers, and for all those seeking to understand the power of the human spirit to transcend the destructive forces that leave us unwilling to trust, reluctant to hope, and unable to love. The defining book in the field.' - Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D., D.H.C., Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology, University of Hawaii, USA

About the Editor. Contributors. Series Editor's Foreword. Preface. Acknowledgments. Wilson, Introduction and Overview: A Positive Psychology of Trauma and PTSD. Wilson, The Posttraumatic Self. Wilson,Trauma and the Epigenesis of Identity. Nader, Childhood Trauma: The Deeper Wound. Wilson, Trauma Archetypes and Trauma Complexes. Wilson, Trauma, Optimal Experiences and Integrative Psychological States. Hall, Wilson,Trauma and Alterations in Normal Personality. Lindy, Mutative Transference and the Restoration on the Posttraumatic Self. Drozdek, Turkovic, Wilson, Posttraumatic Shame and Guilt: Culture and the Posttraumatic Self. Wilson, Agaibi, The Resilient Trauma Survivor. Wilson,Trauma and Transformation of the Self: Restoring Meaning and Wholeness to Personality. Wilson,Transformational Principles: Healing and Recovery from Psychic Trauma.

Author Biography:
John P. Wilson, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology at Cleveland State University, a Fulbright Scholar, and a widely recognized international expert on PTSD. He is co-founder and Past President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), a Diplomate and Fellow of the American Academy of experts in Traumatic Stress, and a Fellow of the American Institute of Stress. Dr Wilson is the author of Broken Spirits, Empathy in the Treatment of Trauma and PTSD, as well as many other books on psychological trauma. He has received many honors and rewards for his work.

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