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By Susan Levy, Alessandra Lemma

ISBN-10: 0415950856

ISBN-13: 9780415950855

Alessandra Lemma - Winner of the Levy-Goldfarb Award for baby Psychoanalysis!

The Perversion of Loss is an edited number of psychoanalytic papers written through clinicians within the box of trauma. The textual content deals a psychoanalytic point of view on trauma and its results on psychic functioning. specifically, it attracts on attachment idea to give an explanation for how trauma undermines psychic resilience either inside contributors and in addition inside broader groups and societies. This assortment contextualizes exterior anxious occasions and addresses either person, inner responses in addition to the effect of trauma on broader social relations.

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Klein described this process in terms of the individual’s grief that the object is not part of the self; it is separate from, and is lost to, the self. This reality is difficult to bear. It can be experienced as an assault and fosters hatred, which in fact forms part of normal grief. Both Freud (1917) and Klein (1940) also emphasized trium ph as part of the difficulty of the m ourning process. For the survivor, whatever the nature of the attachment, there is always a part of the self that rejoices at its own survival in the face of the other’s demise.

This love gives him strength to continue living. In pathological m ourning love is stricken, both by the unforgiving hostility aroused by the threat of separateness and also by the guilt of trium phant survival. In pathological m ourning there is a denial of separateness, a denial of the reality that the thing lost is not part of the individual, not under his control. There is also a denial of trium ph. For the melancholic, instead of facing the truth, he takes into himself a concrete representation of the lost object.

There are also less tangible losses such as the loss of feeling, loss of hope, or loss of identity. 12 The Perversion of Loss: Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Trauma Traumatic loss, unlike normal loss, however, is almost always associated with a life threatening or horrific experience. We use Freud’s ideas, outlined in his classic paper ‘M ourning and melancholia’ (1917), to describe some of the mechanisms underlying traumatic loss. Freud emphasized how the relationship with the lost object determ ined w hether normal grief or melancholia would follow.

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