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From Survival to Fulfilment : A Framework for Traumatology - Paul Valent

From Survival to Fulfilment

A Framework for Traumatology

Paperback Published: 1st August 1998
ISBN: 9780876309223
Number Of Pages: 256

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Paul Valent sees that the dialectic is not between "life and death" but between "life and trauma". This text theorizes that the big issues of life can now be approached through the science of traumatology. Through communication with, and observation of, people whose lives have been stretched under stress or disrupted by trauma, the fulfilling components of their lives can be defined, oriented and categorized. It introduces the theory on the back of clinical and historical material, examining the current state of such concepts as stress, trauma, defences, memories, post post-traumatic stress disorder, and other illnesses. It should be of interest to those in the healing professions or to those who work with traumatized individuals (lawyers, social workers and the clergy) and those in the humanities in general.

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
An Introduction to the Field of Traumatology
Introduction to the Magnitude and Complexity of the Field of Traumatologyp. 3
The Ash Wednesday Bush Firesp. 5
A Case of Angina in the Emergency Departmentp. 11
A Child Survivor of the Holocaustp. 12
The Wholist Perspective to Help Orientate and Understand Traumatic Stress Responsesp. 15
Features of Stress and Trauma in Different Traumatic Situationsp. 19
Warp. 20
The Holocaustp. 28
Natural Disastersp. 31
Accidentsp. 34
Physical Assault, Rape, and Torturep. 36
Sexual Assault of Children and Incestp. 38
Psychosomatic Medicinep. 42
Dying and Bereavementp. 44
Lessons from Across Different Traumatic Situationsp. 45
The Triaxial Framework: the Process, Parameters, and Depth Axes As Coordinates for Orientation of Concepts in Traumatic Stress and Fulfillment
Components of Axis 1, the Process Axisp. 51
Stressorsp. 52
Appraisalsp. 53
Stressp. 55
Stress Responsesp. 56
Vulnerabilitiesp. 65
Strengthsp. 67
Traumap. 68
Defensesp. 70
Memoriesp. 73
Components of Axis 2, the Parameters Axisp. 81
Factors in Traumatic Situationsp. 81
Phases of Traumatic Situationsp. 82
Social System Levelsp. 82
Developmental Phasesp. 82
Components of Axis 3, the Depth Axisp. 87
A Hierarchy of Human Function Levelsp. 87
Fulfillment and Traumatization at Different Function Levelsp. 88
The Life-Trauma Dialectic: The Purpose of Lifep. 98
Illnesses and the Triaxial Frameworkp. 101
Historical Backgroundp. 102
Phenomenological Stream of Stress and Trauma Illnessp. 104
Dynamic Streamp. 106
Phenomenological and Dynamic Streams in Childrenp. 107
Other Theories of Trauma Illnessesp. 108
The Triaxial Framework Applied to Views of Illnessesp. 108
Survival Strategies: An Octave for the Symphony of Traumatic Stress and Fulfillment
Introduction to Survival Strategiesp. 115
Evolution and Strategies of Survivalp. 115
Precursors to Survival Strategiesp. 117
Survival Strategiesp. 119
The Eight Survival Strategies and Appraisals that Evoke Themp. 121
Rescue-Caretakingp. 125
The Process Axisp. 126
Parameters Axisp. 130
Fulfillment and Trauma Along the Depth Axisp. 130
Attachmentp. 133
The Process Axisp. 133
Parameters Axisp. 138
Fulfillment and Trauma Along the Depth Axisp. 139
Assertiveness: Goal Achievementp. 143
The Process Axisp. 144
Parameters Axisp. 148
Fulfillment and Trauma Along the Depth Axisp. 149
Adaptation: Goal Surrenderp. 151
The Process Axisp. 152
Parameters Axisp. 157
Fulfillment and Trauma Along the Depth Axisp. 158
Fight: Defensep. 161
The Process Axisp. 162
Parameters Axisp. 165
Fulfillment and Trauma Along the Depth Axisp. 167
Flight: Escapep. 171
The Process Axisp. 171
Parameters Axisp. 175
Fulfillment and Trauma Along the Depth Axisp. 176
Competition: Strugglep. 179
The Process Axisp. 180
Parameters Axisp. 183
Fulfillment and Trauma Along the Depth Axisp. 184
Cooperation: Lovep. 187
The Process Axisp. 188
Parameters Axisp. 191
Fulfillment and Trauma Along the Depth Axisp. 192
The Wholist Perspective: An Integrated Framework of Traumatic Stress and Fulfillment
The Wholist View of Traumatic Stress--Making Sense Within the Life-Trauma Dialecticp. 197
An Elegant Model for the Life-Trauma Dialecticp. 197
Applications of the Wholist Perspectivep. 199
Conclusion: From Survival to Fulfillmentp. 211
Referencep. 215
Name Indexp. 239
Subject Indexp. 247
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ISBN: 9780876309223
ISBN-10: 0876309228
Series: Series in Trauma and Loss
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st August 1998
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.32 x 15.6  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 1