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Description - Loss of the Assumptive World by Jeffrey Kauffman

In the face of trauma, our assumptive world - the world experienced as normal or predictable - is seriously disrupted. This disruption, this "loss of our assumptive world" functions as a metaphor for traumatic loss in this volume, providing extraordinary insight into the psychology of trauma, loss and change. Loss of the Assumptive World: A Theory of Traumatic Loss builds on Ronnie Janoff-Bulman's new psychology of trauma and Colin Murray Parkes' principle of psychosocial change. It is a concept that allows for the close examination of the psychological disturbance that takes place in the wake of a traumatic event. The authors in this collection examine the loss of the assumptive world and its reconstruction from diverse theoretical perspectives including constructivist and narrative theory, Kohutian self-psychology, betrayal theory, psychoanalysis and coping theory. The diversity of perspectives and distinct interpretations illuminates the loss of the assumptive world concept and its clinical usefulness while articulating a spirit of hope and resilience in the face of traumatic loss.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781583913130
ISBN-10: 1583913130
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 260
Imprint: Brunner-Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 28-Jun-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Jeffrey Kauffman

Jeffrey Kauffman is a psychotherapist in private practice in Philadelphia and an instructor at the Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. He specializes in the treatment of grief and trauma.