chapter  9
The Strength Found in Innocence: Resistance to Working Psychodynamically with Survivors of Adult Onset Trauma
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A fter the cases described in the last three chapters, it will be clear that these are troubling conditions to face clinically, and, perhaps, particularly challenging to the psychoanalytically trained clinician. If this book does no more than convince the reader that trauma in adult life shakes the very foundation of a formerly solid core self, I have accomplished an important goal. In acknowledging this fact, the clinician is also acknowledging her own vulnerability to both catastrophe and to the loss of a familiar self that she always may have taken for granted. In this chapter, I review the many guises that resistance to facing this unsettling truth can take in both survivors and the clinicians from whom they seek help.