The assumptive world concept is a psychological principle of the conservation of human reality or "culture" - it is a lens for seeing the psychological disturbances that occur in times of change. In this collection, the authors examine the assumptive world from diverse theoretical perspectives, providing the reader with an array of different viewpoints illuminating the concept and its clinical usefulness.

chapter |9 pages


part |58 pages

Constructing Meaning in a World Broken by the Traumatic Loss of the Assumptive World

chapter |6 pages

How Could God?

Loss and the Spiritual Assumptive World

part |46 pages

Relationships with Self and Others

chapter |12 pages

The Harm of Trauma

Pathological Fear, Shattered Assumptions, or Betrayal?

part |88 pages

Psychological Processes

part |34 pages

Traumatic Loss and What Cannot Be Said

chapter |7 pages

Safety and the Assumptive World

A Theory of Traumatic Loss

chapter |16 pages

Parting Words

Trauma, Silence, and Survival