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.
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"Herman links the public traumas of society to those of domestic life in this provocative work of psychiatric theory." (Publishers Weekly)
As a 36 year old survivor of chronic childhood sexual abuse/incest this book has been able to help me be able to recognize that a lot of what I still experience in daily life is a consequence of unresolved trauma, trauma that I thought I had successfully worked through. It's helped me understand the process of healing and realize that the work never truly is finished and that there will be times In life unresolved issues will presents them self and that's normal. It's helped me be able to understand a lot of my behavior and why I have them and what I can do to work through the issues causing them. A must read/listen for any survivor motivated to continue working on trauma related issues or survivors who have unanswered questions or even unexplained symptoms.
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.
Before retirement, I spent almost 30 years
Excellent non-fiction. The quotations from trauma survivors, famous writers (e.g., ), and professional clinicians and researchers e.g., Bessel Van der Kolk) definitely increased the value of this book.
No. Not ever.
Please have this excellent book re-recorded.
The narrator sounds like they are trying to make every part of every sentence momentous. It is very difficult to listen to, as the pauses are in odd places at times, and there doesn't feel like there's a flow to the narrative.
It seems to be mostly historical at this point, and I would have liked to have more current information.
I don't know
It was hard to not skip areas of the book
Imagine a passionate orator delivering a speech she had not written nor read beforehand. Example: "All of these steps MUST be taken in ORDER (pause) to complete the project." It might have been good for me, however, because I was required to pay close attention.
Trauma and Recovery gave me a deeper understanding of and compassion for victims of violence. It was very helpful that the author describes PTSD and applies it to not only war survivors but also to rape, insest and domestic abuse victims.
My two favorite topics are Baseball and Military History. But my favorite books of all time are Starship Troopers and Ready Player One.
This book is so incredible, I can't believe it's nearly 20 years old and I had never heard of it before.
After recently finishing the Army's Sexual Harrassment/Assualt Reponse Program (SHARP) Victim Advocate course, I decided I needed to get some more perspective prior to actually talking to a victim of sexual assault. This one happened to be on the $4.95 special so I figured it was worth a chance. Ms. Herman has created such a powerful presentation showing the similarities of all post traumatic events that I'm stunned the Army doesn't have this book as required reading for all Soldiers, addressing both our returning combat veterans as well as our disgustingly high amount of sexual assault victims.
I was so impressed with this book from the first chapter that I recommended it to my SHARP supervisors before even getting to the deep psychological juxtaposing of trauma victims. Although I've deployed several times, I myself haven't been affected by combat trauma or sexual assault but have witnessed friends and family responses to it; I hope never to have that experience but I hope this inside look will help others I talk with.
I do take exception with Ms. Herman's tacit indictment of all combat veterans suffering from PTSD as "committing atrocities". While that might be the case with some of her case studies, only discussing those Veterans is a disservice to all those who've served honorably and been subject to atrocities. For this reason I give only four stars despite the "required reading" status I believe should be for all military members.
Since the Army (and DoD) are taking the issue of sexual assault so seriously now, it seems that the "cultural change" they are looking for should start with understanding the victims point of view, especially as that perspective seems to be so similar to that of all traumatic events.
It's very long I would have preferred abridged version
uninteresting, boring, text bookish voice
inspired me to be very cautious about very long audiobooks.
overall I was glad I did not have to read the book cause it would have taken me a year to do so.the second half was best and I would have loved the abridged version
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