Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence--From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror

Book, 2015, 336 pp
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In this groundbreaking book, a leading clinical psychiatrist redefines how we think about and treat victims of trauma.

When Trauma and Recovery was first published in 1992, it was hailed as a groundbreaking work. In the intervening years, it has become the basic text for understanding trauma survivors. By placing individual experience in a broader political frame, Herman argues that psychological trauma is inseparable from its social and political context. Drawing on her own research on incest, as well as a vast literature on combat veterans and victims of political terror, she shows surprising parallels between private horrors like child abuse and public horrors like war.

A new epilogue reviews what has changed--and what has not changed--over two decades. Trauma and Recovery is essential reading for anyone who seeks to understand how we heal and are healed.

"A stunning achievement” [that remains a] “classic for our generation.” - Bessel van der Kolk, M.D., author of The Body Keeps the Score

"Astute, accessible, and beautifully documented. Bridging the worlds of war veterans, prisoners of war, battered women, and incest victims, Herman presents a compelling analysis of trauma and the process of healing. A triumph." - Laura Davis, coauthor of The Courage to Heal

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