Psychotic processes in large groups
During a training as a child psychologist many years ago, Garland Caroline was asked to see an 11-year-old at an inner-city comprehensive school. The school was a devout Church of England establishment for girls only. The pupils wore a sober uniform, at odds with the lively gear sported by many other comprehensive schools of the day. Many of the staff were members of the Christian Union and attended meetings regularly. On 11 September 2001, the epicentre of the trauma was in New York, and New York became a traumatized city. Identifications following trauma come in two kinds: either they are made with the dead or damaged, perhaps in part so that one does not have to finally acknowledge the loss; or, more often, they are made with the agent or object felt to have caused the trauma.