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Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence from Domestic Abuse to Political Terror by Judith Herman

When Trauma and Recovery was first published in 1992, it was hailed as a groundbreaking work. In the intervening years, 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. Meticulously documented and frequently using the victims’ own words as well as those from classic literary works and prison diaries, Trauma and Recovery is a powerful work that will continue to profoundly impact our thinking.

Trauma and Recovery is universally recognized as a classic in the field of psychology. In an afterword written for the edition published in 2015, Herman describes the recent research that has emerged in the field, and the far-reaching implications that this book has had in trauma situations around the world.


Listen to a recording of the online book discussion:

Discussion Participants:

Dr. Judith Herman, Professor Emerita, Harvard Medical School

Rev. Dr. Marie M. Fortune, FaithTrust Institute

Dr. Sally MacNichol, CONNECT














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Comments? Questions? Responses to the Book?

Posted by Sarah Butler at Jul 21, 2016 05:56 PM
You can submit your questions or reflections about Trauma and Recovery here! We'd love to know what aspects of the book you'd like to discuss.


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