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The indescribable and the undiscussable : reconstructing human discourse after trauma

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The indescribable and the undiscussable : reconstructing human discourse after trauma
Call No: 155.935 B26i

Call Number155.935 B26i
Dates[1999]; ©1999
Statement of ResponsibilityDan Bar-On.
Creators & ContributorsBar-On, Dan (author)
Summary"Serious difficulties arise when people try to make sense of their feelings, behavior, and discourse in everyday life and, especially, after traumatic experiences. Two groups of impediments are identified: the 'indescribable' is demonstrated by a group of pathfinders working through their different maps of mind and nature; by individuals trying to understand and integrate a first heart attack into their previous life experiences. The 'undiscussable' is highlighted in the intergenerational transmission of traumatic experiences in the families of Holocaust survivors and Nazi perpetrators... This book suggests a new psychological theoretical framework which can be used by both laymen and professionals when confronted by troublesome issues that require acknowledgement." —Back cover
ContentsPt. I. The indescribable : "soft" impediments to discourse
  • Multiple representations : maps of mind and nature
  • Subjective theories of cardiac patients
  • Negotiating attributions : developing a constructive dialog
  • Feeling-facts : searching for words related to feelings
  • Pure and impure ideologies : the change of social contexts
Pt. II. Severe impediments to discourse
  • Silenced facts from the victimizers' perspective
  • Silenced facts from the victims' perspective
  • My father and I : constructing a moral imagination
  • Psychosocial learning from experience
Physical Description xiii, 310 pages ; 23 cm
Carrier Typevolume
PublisherBudapest : CEU Press, Central European University Press
DistributorIthaca, NY : Cornell University Press
NotesIncludes bibliographical references (pages[297]–304) and index