What if philosophy could solve the psychological puzzle of trauma? Embodied Trauma and Healing argues just that, suggesting that one might be needed in order to understand the other. The book demonstrates how the body-mind problem that haunted Descartes was addressed by phenomenologists, whilst also proposing that the human experience is lived subjectively as embodied consciousness.

Throughout this book, the author suggests that the phenomenological tools that are used to explore the body can also be an effective way to discuss the physical and mental aspects of embodied trauma. Drawing on the work of Paul Ricœur, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Emmanuel Lévinas, the book outlines a phenomenological approach to the embodied and relational subject. It offers a reading of embodied trauma that can connect it to wider conversations in psychological underpinnings of trauma through Peter Levine’s somatic research and Bessel van der Kolk’s embodied remembering. Connecting to the analytic tradition, the book suggests that phenomenology can unify both language-based and body-based therapeutic practice. It also presents a compelling discussion that ties the embodied experience of relation in trauma to the wider causal factors of social suffering and relational rupture, intergenerational trauma and the trauma of land, as informed by phenomenology.

Embodied Trauma and Healing is essential reading for researchers within the fields of philosophy, psychology and medical humanities for it actively engages with contemporary configurations of trauma theory and recent research developments in healing and mental disorder diagnosis.

part I|48 pages

Critical Discourses on Embodied Trauma

chapter 1|8 pages

Trauma and the Subject

chapter 2|17 pages

Trauma, Ego and the Body

chapter 3|21 pages

Labelling Traumatic Ambiguity

part II|39 pages

Phenomenology and the Traumatised Subject

chapter 4|13 pages

The Phenomenology of Lévinas

chapter 5|13 pages

Ricœur on Narrative Experiences

chapter 6|11 pages

Merleau-Ponty on Embodiment

part III|40 pages

Living Trauma in Relationship

chapter 7|9 pages

Silence and Communicability

Speaking Truths

chapter 8|10 pages

Homelessness and At-Homeness

The Body as a Site of Integration

chapter 9|19 pages

The Intersubjectivity of Trauma

Politics, Rights and Decolonisation

part IV|51 pages

Living Trauma as Health

chapter 10|33 pages

Individual Healing

The Subject and Her Relationships

chapter 11|9 pages

Relational Healing

The Refiguration of a Place

chapter 12|7 pages