Transgenerational Trauma: A Contemporary Introduction

Author(s) : Jill Salberg, Author(s) : Sue Grand

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Transgenerational Trauma: A Contemporary Introduction

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : May 2024
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 140
  • Category :
    Trauma and Violence
  • Catalogue No : 97639
  • ISBN 13 : 9780367541422
  • ISBN 10 : 0367541424
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In this book, Jill Salberg and Sue Grand offer an overview of the psychoanalytic work on transgenerational trauma, rooting their perspective in attachment theory, and the social-ethical turn of Relational Psychoanalysis.

Transgenerational Trauma: A Contemporary Introduction is a cutting-edge study of trauma transmission across generations. Salberg and Grand consider how our forebears' trauma can leave a scar on our lives, our bodies, and on our world. They posit that, too often, we re-cycle the social violence that they were subjected to. Their unique approach embraces diverse psychoanalytic and psychodynamic theories, as they look at attachment, legacies of violence, and the role of witnessing in healing. Clinical and personal stories are interwoven with theory to elucidate the socio-historical positions that we inherit and live out. Social justice concerns are addressed throughout, in a mission to heal both individual and collective wounds.

Transgenerational Trauma: A Contemporary Introduction offers a nuanced and comprehensive approach to this vital topic, and will be of interest to psychoanalysts, psychologists and other mental health professionals, as well as students and scholars of trauma studies, race and gender studies, sociology, conflict resolution, and others.

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In this timely volume, Dr. Salberg and Grand expand the intellectual and moral frame of witnessing professionals to encompass transgenerational trauma in many cultures throughout the world. As they encourage us to face our own histories, including our own internalized perpetrators, they maintain our hope for a better world.
Judith L. Herman, M.D. author of Trauma and Repair and Trauma and Recovery

Salberg and Grand trace the psychical transformations of trauma theory from historical, antecedent and embryonic versions to mature conceptual renditions of ideas in this relatively new domain of psychoanalytic inquiry. The result is a rich account that lends itself to the teaching of psychoanalytic concepts and to clinical practices where narratives of generational trauma show themselves. The authors’ consistently lucid clinical narratives, in particular, display phenomena that are engaging, powerful, and, above all, demonstrate why this new domain deserves every attention it now commands.
Maurice Apprey, PhD, DM, FIPA, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, University of Virginia School of Medicine, and Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst, Contemporary Freudian Society

In their important new book, Sue Grand and Jill Salberg deepen our understanding of the transgenerational legacies of trauma by taking us beyond the binary of victim and perpetrator. Full of rich and evocative examples, Grand and Salberg demonstrate what it means to recognize and disclose the traumas that reside within us. They address descendants of victims and perpetrators alike, and show us how to hold the complexity of these positions, rather than side with one over the other. Our conversation will become much richer as a result. Transgenerational Trauma is a significant contribution and essential reading for anyone who is interested in understanding how today’s crisis-ridden world has been shaped by legacies of trauma.
Roger Frie, Professor of Education, Simon Fraser University

In their book, Transgenerational Trauma: A Contemporary Introduction, Jill Salberg and Sue Grand move beyond the classical silence of the analyst, towards the empathic dialogic internal listening and witnessing that is essential to relieve psychic pain. Grounded in relational and attachment theory, they offer a historical and theoretical journey through our field’s transgenerational resistances to exploring trauma as a dynamic and analytic entity. Salberg and Grand share their and other clinicians’ narratives with poignancy and nuance, capturing the affective resonance and necessary engagement that transforms both members of the analytic couple. Created as a teaching series, it does that and much more.
Dionne R. Powell, author of From the Sunken Place to the Shitty Place: The Film Get Out, Psychic Emancipation and Modern Race Relations from a Psychodynamic Clinical Perspective, Co-Chair of the Holmes Commission on Racial Equality in American Psychoanalysis

No topic is more urgent and timely in contemporary psychoanalysis than the transgenerational transmission of trauma. In this volume, two leading lights, Jill Salberg and Sue Grand, provide a scholarly yet readable overview of the breadth and depth of the field. The theoretical chapters are interspersed with moving personal testimonials. While attentive to the legacies of perpetrators as well as victims, the authors never lose sight of the beacon of social justice that guides them in their clinical odysseys.
Peter L. Rudnytsky, Head, Department of Academic and Professional Affairs, American Psychoanalytic Association, and author of Mutual Analysis: Ferenczi, Severn, and the Origins of Trauma Theory

Table of Contents


Legacies of Trauma Histories: Melancholic Hunger: Personal Story
Michael O’Loughlin

1. Historical Overview of Theories of Trauma and Transgenerational Transmissions
Jill Salberg

Legacies From Traumas of Slavery and Attachment Ruptures and Repairs: Personal Story
Frederick Douglass

Legacies From Slavery: Traumas Enacted, Attachment Ruptures Repaired: Personal Story
Kirkland Vaughans

2. Between Silence and Words: Attachment, Trauma and the Mode of Transgenerational Transmissions
Jill Salberg

3. The Wound and Its Social Imperatives
Sue Grand

4. When Wounds Touch: Witnessing and Enacting as Embodied Healing Processes
Jill Salberg

Legacies From Trauma of Immigration, Violence, Loss, and Shame: Personal Story
Rossanna Echegoyén

5. Legacies of Violence: Our Perpetrator Fragments
Sue Grand

Transgenerational Figures and Figurations in My Representational World: Personal Story
Maurice Apprey

6. Social Justice: Conflict Resolution and Transgenerational Studies
Sue Grand

About the Author(s)

Jill Salberg, Ph.D., is an adjunct clinical associate professor at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and a member of the faculty at the Stephen A. Mitchell Center for Relational Psychoanalysis. In addition, she is on the faculty of the National Institute for the Psychotherapies and a training supervisor at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy. She has published articles in Psychoanalytic Dialogues and Studies in Gender and Sexuality and has contributed chapters to The Jewish World of Sigmund Freud and Answering a Question with a Question: Judaism and Contemporary Psychoanalysis.

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Sue Grand, Ph.D., is faculty and supervisor at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, where she holds a specialization in trauma as well as family and couples. In addition, she is faculty at the Mitchell Center for Relational Psychoanalysis, the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis, the National Institute for the Psychotherapies, and the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California. She is an associate editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues and author of The Reproduction of Evil (Analytic Press, 2000), and has a private practive in New York City and Teaneck, NJ.

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