Other-Being: Traumatic Stress and Dissociation in Existential Therapy
In the present article, we set out to conceptualize and reframe posttraumatic stress and dissociation from an existential perspective. We employ an Other(s)-focused lens for understanding trauma, which we define as an evaluation of a response to a painfully unpredictable Other who can be a person or event. In this way, we prepose that what is traumatizing is the person, or Being, in relation to an Other who traumatizes. Traumatic stress is a term which encapsulates a Being’s meaningful and chosen responses to an Other who traumatizes. Dissociation is a unique phenomenon in which a person attempts to escape the Other who traumatizes by forging a felt sense of space between the person and the trauma. Existential therapy, then, is a relationship with a new Other who embodies and highlights ways of being with the trauma which honor rather than escape the pain. Finally, we put forth a therapeutic way of being which is attuned to the uniqueness and agency of the individual taking up the trauma.
Jul 1, 2014
How to Cite
ARNOLD, Luke; PINKSTON, Allayna F.. Other-Being: Traumatic Stress and Dissociation in Existential Therapy. International Journal of Existential Positive Psychology, [S.l.], v. 5, n. 1, p. 9, july 2014. ISSN 1708-1696. Available at: <http://journal.existentialpsychology.org/index.php/ExPsy/article/view/207>. Date accessed: 17 sep. 2019.
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