Clinical terminology and definitions regarding trauma, retraumatization, and their residual symptoms are numerous and sometimes conflictual. This thesis uses a heuristic and hermeneutic methodology to explore the author’s experiences of what he has termed traumatic reactivation, due to the inconsistency and inaccuracy of the available clinical terminology. These traumatic reactivations are examined through various psychological lenses. The techniques of association and amplification are used regarding the experiences to identify archetypal dynamics that may have been present. The experience of traumatic reactivation is also explored with C. G. Jung’s theory of psychological types, as well as with specific connections between psyche and soma. The thesis eventually posits that these experiences, although initially shocking and overwhelming, have a purposive function and are in the service of healing, rather than a destructive reexperiencing of traumatic material.
|School:||Pacifica Graduate Institute|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 54/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Counseling Psychology, Clinical psychology|
|Keywords:||Psychological types, Retraumatization, Somatic psychology, Trauma|
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