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An Outline of the Process of Recovery from Severe Trauma

An Outline of the Process of Recovery from Severe Trauma Abstract This discussion is an attempt to draw together into a single formulation many separate parts of an experience gleaned during two years of interviewing patients suffering from severe malignant illness of one sort or another.1 We were impressed at the time, and have continued with increasing interest to be impressed, with the manner in which, after the imposition of intolerable stresses, the resultant strains point up the basic similarity of human patterns in personality disintegration and in the restitution which follows. Further, we may by analogy make certain inferences about early personality development. In the field of research into human developmental patterns the direct experimental imposition of stress of a degree sufficient to impose strain upon the resources of the individual is impossible: Either the stress is inadequate to present any major adaptive problem to the individual, or else the conditions of the experiment are apt to exceed the References 1. Shands, H. C.; Finesinger, J. E.; Cobb, S., and Abrams, R. D.: Psychological Mechanisms in Patients with Cancer , Cancer 4:1159-1170 ( (Nov.) ) 1951.Crossref 2. Freud, S.: The Interpretation of Dreams , in Complete Psychological Works, translated from the German under the general editorship of James Strachey, in collaboration with Anna Freud , London, The Hogarth Press, 1953, Vol. V. 3. Goldstein, K.: Significance of Psychological Research in Schizophrenia , J. Nerv. & Ment. Dis. 97:261-278, 1943. 4. Klein, M.: A Contribution to the Psychogenesis of Manic-Depressive States , in Contributions to Psychoanalysis, 1921-1945 , London, The Hogarth Press, 1948. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png A.M.A. Archives of Neurology & Psychiatry American Medical Association

An Outline of the Process of Recovery from Severe Trauma

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American Medical Association
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Copyright © 1955 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
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0096-6886
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10.1001/archneurpsyc.1955.02330100035007
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Abstract

Abstract This discussion is an attempt to draw together into a single formulation many separate parts of an experience gleaned during two years of interviewing patients suffering from severe malignant illness of one sort or another.1 We were impressed at the time, and have continued with increasing interest to be impressed, with the manner in which, after the imposition of intolerable stresses, the resultant strains point up the basic similarity of human patterns in personality disintegration and in the restitution which follows. Further, we may by analogy make certain inferences about early personality development. In the field of research into human developmental patterns the direct experimental imposition of stress of a degree sufficient to impose strain upon the resources of the individual is impossible: Either the stress is inadequate to present any major adaptive problem to the individual, or else the conditions of the experiment are apt to exceed the References 1. Shands, H. C.; Finesinger, J. E.; Cobb, S., and Abrams, R. D.: Psychological Mechanisms in Patients with Cancer , Cancer 4:1159-1170 ( (Nov.) ) 1951.Crossref 2. Freud, S.: The Interpretation of Dreams , in Complete Psychological Works, translated from the German under the general editorship of James Strachey, in collaboration with Anna Freud , London, The Hogarth Press, 1953, Vol. V. 3. Goldstein, K.: Significance of Psychological Research in Schizophrenia , J. Nerv. & Ment. Dis. 97:261-278, 1943. 4. Klein, M.: A Contribution to the Psychogenesis of Manic-Depressive States , in Contributions to Psychoanalysis, 1921-1945 , London, The Hogarth Press, 1948.

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A.M.A. Archives of Neurology & PsychiatryAmerican Medical Association

Published: Apr 1, 1955

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