When Trauma and Recovery was first published in 1992, it was hailed as a groundbreaking work. In the intervening years, Judith Lewis Herman's volume has changed the way we think about and treat traumatic events and trauma victims. In a new afterword, Herman chronicles the incredible response the book has elicited and explains how the issues surrounding the topic have shifted within the clinical community and the culture at large.
Trauma and Recovery brings a new level of understanding to a set of problems usually considered individually. Herman draws on her own cutting-edge research in domestic violence as well as on the vast literature of combat veterans and victims of political terror, to show the parallels between private terrors such as rape and public traumas such as terrorism. The book puts individual experience in a broader political frame, arguing that psychological trauma can be understood only in a social context.
"Herman links the public traumas of society to those of domestic life in this provocative work of psychiatric theory." (Publishers Weekly)
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dense and important
It's in a different category from recreational reading. It's not meant to be "light reading" but more of a textbook of some density.
this is less of a story and more of an instruction manual to set the historical context of our understanding of trauma and how we apply this learning
I had no problems with the narration. Frankly, too much animation and inflection would have seemed contrived. This isn't a topic that warrants "theatre". Those of us working in the field of trauma care get enough DRAMA; we don't need it manufactured for us.
I serve survivors of domestic human trafficking in a long-term residential setting. For this population, mostly dealing with complex trauma, this is a vital sourcebook.
Excellent book for survivors!
- Levi Murray