Rediscovering Pierre Janet explores the legacy left by the pioneering French psychologist, philosopher and psychotherapist (1859–1947), from the relationship of between Janet and Freud, to the influence of his dissociation theory on contemporary psychotraumatology.

Divided into three parts, the first section places Janetian psychological analysis and psychoanalysis in context with the foundational tenets of psychoanalysis, from Freud to relational theory, before the book explores Janet’s work on trauma and dissociation and its influence on contemporary thinking. Part three presents several contemporary psychotherapy approaches directly influenced by Janetian theory, including the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder and dissociative identity disorder.

Rediscovering Pierre Janet draws together eminent scholars from a variety of backgrounds, each of whom has developed Janetian constructs according to his or her own theoretical and clinical models. It provides an integrative approach that offers contemporary perspectives on Janet’s work, and will be of significant interest to practicing psychoanalysts, psychiatrists and psychotherapists, especially those treating trauma-related dissociative disorders, as well as researchers with an interest in psychological trauma.

chapter |3 pages


ByGiuseppe Craparo, Francesca Ortu, Onno van der Hart

chapter 1|24 pages

A reader’s guide to Pierre Janet

A neglected intellectual heritage 1
ByOnno van der Hart, Barbara Friedman

chapter 2|13 pages

From consciousness to subconsciousness

A Janetian perspective
ByFrancesca Ortu, Giuseppe Craparo

part I|1 pages

Janet’s influence on psychoanalysis

chapter 3|10 pages

Janet and Freud

Long-time rivals
ByGabriele Cassullo

chapter 4|13 pages

Janet and Jung

A stimulating relationship
ByCaterina Vezzoli

chapter 5|9 pages

On not taking just one part of it

Janet’s influence on object relations theory
ByGabriele Cassullo

chapter 6|18 pages

From Janet to Bromberg, via Ferenczi

Standing in the spaces of the literature on dissociation
ByClara Mucci, Giuseppe Craparo, Vittorio Lingiardi

part II|1 pages

Janet’s influence on contemporary psychotraumatology

chapter 8|10 pages

The holistic project of Pierre Janet

Part One: Disintegration or désagrégation
ByRussell Meares, Cécile Barral

chapter 9|13 pages

The holistic project of Pierre Janet

Part Two: Oscillations and becomings: From disintegration to integration
ByCécile Barral, Russell Meares

chapter 10|13 pages

Pierre Janet on hallucinations, paranoia, and schizophrenia 1

ByAndrew Moskowitz, Gerhard Heim, Isabelle Saillot, Vanessa Beavan

part III|1 pages

Janet’s influence on current psychotherapy

chapter 11|19 pages

The hypnotherapeutic relationship with traumatized patients

Pierre Janet’s contributions to current treatment
ByKathy Steele, Onno van der Hart

chapter 12|14 pages

Pierre Janet’s treatment of posttraumatic stress

ByOnno van der Hart, Paul Brown, Bessel A. van der Kolk

chapter 13|22 pages

Pierre Janet’s views on the etiology, pathogenesis, and therapy of dissociative disorders 1

ByGerhard Heim, Karl-Ernst Bühler

chapter 14|10 pages

Acts of triumph

An interpretation of Pierre Janet and the role of the body in trauma treatment
ByPat Ogden

chapter |7 pages


Dissociation in the DSM-5: Your view, S’il vous plaît, Docteur Janet? 1
ByEllert R. S. Nijenhuis