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Traumatic effects of political repression in Chile: a clinical experience.
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PMID:  16174610     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The author examines psychic trauma resulting from human rights violations in Chile. Starting from trauma theories developed by authors such as Ferenczi, Winnicott and Stolorow, she posits the relevance of the subject's emotionally significant environment in the production of the traumatic experience. She describes the characteristics of the therapeutic process on the basis of a clinical case. She emphasizes the need to recognize the damage that may be produced within the reliable link between patient and analyst, pointing out the risk of retraumatization if analysts distance themselves and apply 'technique' rigorously, leaving out their own subjective assessments. Therapists must maintain their focus on the conjunction of the patient's intersubjective context and inner psychic world both when exploring the origin of the trauma and when insight is produced. The author posits repetition in the transference as an attempt at reparation, at finding the expected response from the analyst that will help patients assemble the fragments of their history and achieve, as Winnicott would put it, a feeling of continuity in the experience of being.
Margarita Díaz Cordal
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The International journal of psycho-analysis     Volume:  86     ISSN:  0020-7578     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Psychoanal     Publication Date:  2005 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-09-21     Completed Date:  2006-01-03     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2985179R     Medline TA:  Int J Psychoanal     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1317-28     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Human Rights
Professional-Patient Relations
Social Conditions*
Transference (Psychology)
Wounds and Injuries / psychology*

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