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Culturally imposed trauma: The sleeping dog has awakened. Will psychoanalysis take heed?
Journal Title: PSICOTERAPIA E SCIENZE UMANE 
Author/s: Dorothy E. Holmes 
Year:  2021 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  8 Pg. 11-18 FullText PDF:  275 KB
DOI:  10.3280/PU2021-001002
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Psychoanalysis has given scant attention to cultural trauma. Three contributions to this deficiency are considered: (a) the continuing identification with our psychoanalytic fore- fathers’ silence regarding cultural trauma; (b) the authoritarian practices in psychoanalytic institutions that keep us overly focused on standard intrapsychic formulations to the near exclusion of cultural trauma; (c) the fact that work with cultural trauma is difficult. To do this work requires us to "buck the system". If we do so, we expose ourselves to toxic phenomena in a world still rife with cultural trauma. Psychoanalysts should be encouraged to face and analyze cultural traumas.
Keywords: Cultural trauma; Crimes against humanity; Psychoanalytic institutions; Authoritarianism; Difficulty in working with cultural trauma

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Dorothy E. Holmes, Culturally imposed trauma: The sleeping dog has awakened. Will psychoanalysis take heed? in "PSICOTERAPIA E SCIENZE UMANE" 1/2021, pp. 11-18, DOI:10.3280/PU2021-001002

   

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