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The Haunted Self: Structural Dissociation and the Treatment of Chronic Traumatization (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology

The Haunted Self: Structural Dissociation and the Treatment of Chronic Traumatization (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology

Onno van der Hart, Ellert R. S. Nijenhuis, Kathy Steele

ISBN: 978-0-393-70401-3

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420 pages

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In this groundbreaking new study, three leading researchers and clinicians share what they have learned from treating and studying chronically traumatized individuals across more than 65 years of collective experience. Based on the theory of structural dissociation of the personality in combination with a Janetian psychology of action, the authors have developed a model of phase-oriented treatment that focuses on the identification and treatment of structural dissociation and related maladaptive mental and behavioral actions. The foundation of this approach is to support patients in learning more effective mental and behavioral actions that will enable them to become more adaptive in life and to resolve their structural dissociation. This principle implies an overall therapeutic goal of raising the integrative capacity, in order to cope with the demands of daily life and deal with the haunting remnants of the past, with the "unfinished business" of traumatic memories.
Of interest to clinicians, students of clinical psychology and psychiatry, as well as to researchers, all those interested in adult survivors of chronic child abuse and neglect will find helpful insights and tools that may make the treatment more effective and efficient, and more tolerable for the suffering patient.

Preface
Acknowledgements
Part 1 Structural Dissociation of the Personality
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Structural Dissociation of the Personality: Basics
Chapter 3: Primary Structural Dissociation: Prototypes of the Apparently Normal and the Emotional Parts of the Personality
Chapter 4: Secondary Structural Dissociation of the Personality
Chapter 5: Tertiary Structural Dissociation of the Personality
Chapter 6: Trauma-related Symptoms in Light of Structural Dissociation
Chapter 7: Structural Dissociation and the Spectrum of Trauma-related Disorders
Part II Chronic Traumatization and a Janetian Psychology of Action
Introduction Part II: A Janetian Psychology of Action
Chapter 8: Synthesis and Its Limitations in Trauma Survivors
Chapter 9: Traumatization as a Syndrome of Nonrealization
Chapter 10: The Hierarchy of Action Tendencies
Chapter 11: Phobic Maintenance of Structural Dissociation
Chapter 12: Assessment of the Traumatized Patient
Chapter 13: Promoting Adaptive Action: General Treatment Principles
Part III Treatment
Chapter 14: Phase 1 Treatment and Beyond: Overcoming the Phobia of the Attachment and Attachment Loss with the Therapist
Chapter 15: Phase 1 Treatment and Beyond: Overcoming the Phobia of Trauma-Derived Mental Actions
Chapter 16 Phase 1 Treatment and Beyond: Overcoming the Phobia of Dissociative Parts
Chapter 17: Phase 2 Treatment: Overcoming the Phobia of Traumatic Memory
Chapter 18: Phase 3 Treatment: Integration of the Personality and Overcoming the Phobias of Normal Life
Epilogue
References