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Hope in a time of cholera.
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PMID:  17510622     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
What are the internal conditions or mental states that may facilitate the moving on with life? How does one explain that some, after undergoing severe trauma, fail to go on with productive and creative lives while others do? In this paper, I shall explore the effect of hope and its central position in mobilizing traumatized individuals so that they can move on with their lives. I shall be focusing on a specific aspect of trauma often neglected in the literature, namely the trauma elicited by the sudden, almost overnight loss of monetary funds accumulated over years of hard work. I will be referring to the psychological impact suffered by Argentineans after severe economic measures taken by the government in late 2001. I shall delve into these solutions and attempt to explore their influence on a contemporary exodus from Argentina. Hope nurtured by despair will be discussed. Is hope a mere palliative, a mental configuration coupling with a furtive affective state? Hope joins the ranks of religion in building a buffer against the silent awareness of inner despair-the most private of madness. I shall try to discuss how hope brings to the fore psyche's devices that are deployed in attempting to deal with our deepest fears.
Isaac Tylim
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of psychoanalysis     Volume:  67     ISSN:  0002-9548     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Psychoanal     Publication Date:  2007 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-05-18     Completed Date:  2007-07-03     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372630     Medline TA:  Am J Psychoanal     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  97-102     Citation Subset:  IM    
New York University, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Cholera / psychology*
Medicine in Literature*
Psychoanalytic Interpretation
Social Behavior*

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