ABSTRACT

The phenomenon of moral injury (Barnes, 2019), the origins of this term in the context of combat and the impact of moral injury in other settings are discussed. Examples are given, in the autobiography of the journalist Lynn Barber and with reference to Winnicott's concept of the false self, exemplified in the description of Maggie Tulliver, in George Eliot's novel The Mill on the Floss. The healing provided by a warm relationship of attachment is discussed with reference to the work of Gerhardt; by validation, in the work of Casement; and by the individuation process described by Jung. The discussion is further exemplified in a case study written by one of the author's clients.