The Two Times of Trauma
North West Regional Psychotherapy Association
There are a number of ways to consider psychological trauma, and perhaps the most common one is that the individual is overwhelmed by an event which they struggle to come to terms with. One of Freud’s key discoveries was that trauma occurs retroactively. In other words, it is not the ‘original event’ that traumatises the individual. Rather, something else has to happen to the individual later on in their life that ‘triggers’ trauma.
Leslie Chapman has been actively involved in the mental health field for over twenty-five years, including twenty years working as a psychoanalytic practitioner within the Lacanian tradition. He is currently undertaking doctoral research in the field of trauma studies.
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