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Ellert Nijenhuis

Ellert Nijenhuis

Ellert R. S. Nijenhuis, Ph.D., is a psychologist, psychotherapist, and researcher. He has been involved in the diagnosis and treatment of severely traumatized patients for more than 30 years. He teaches and writes extensively on the themes of trauma-related dissociation and dissociative disorders. He is a research consultant at Clienia Littenheid, Switzerland, and collaborates with several European universities. The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation has granted him several awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Ellert Nijenhuis

The Trinity of Trauma: Ignorance, Fragility, and Control

The Evolving Concept of Trauma / The Concept and Facts of Dissociation in Trauma

1. Edition 2015
635 pages
ISBN 978-3-525-40247-4
Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht

90,00 €
PDF eBook 74,99 € BUY

The Trinity of Trauma: Ignorance, Fragility, and Control is structured as a trilogy. This book includes the first two parts: Volume I, The Evolving Concept of Trauma, and Volume II, The Concept and Facts of Dissociation in Trauma, which are predominantly conceptual, theoretical, and empirical in nature.
Volume I aims to overcome conceptual flaws that have plagued the trauma field to date. It proposes new definitions of trauma and derivative concepts as well as a dimension of trauma-related disorders. It suggests that individuals and their environment constitute, depend on, and are relative to each other. Volume I unites two groups of trauma-related disorders that were previously contrasted in psychiatric history under various names such as “melancholia” versus “hysteria”, “traumatic neurosis” versus “traumatic hysteria”, and “posttraumatic stress disorder” versus “dissociative disorders”. It also mends the “dissociation” of dissociative and conversion disorders.
Volume II analyzes and defines the concepts of “personality”, “self”, “dissociation in trauma”, and “dissociative parts”. It explores and documents the biopsychosocial features of different prototypical dissociative parts in traumatized individuals. Important features of these parts also characterize other players in traumatization, stretching from perpetrators to society at large. 

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