Mourning the Person One Could Have Become

Mourning the Person One Could Have Become : On the Road from Trauma to Authenticity

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This book introduces the concept of the "Person One Could Have Become" and shows the importance of mourning for individuals with all sorts of traumatic experiences (abuse, neglect, or pregnancy loss). Presented here are philosophical tenets (existential-humanistic) as well as the clinical applications (integrative group psychotherapy). The role of the psychotherapist and appropriate supervision is emphasized. The book utilizes examples of traumatized individuals who struggle during more

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  • Hardback | 286 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 566.99g
  • Jason Aronson Inc. Publishers
  • Northvale NJ, United States
  • English
  • 0765708450
  • 9780765708458
  • 1,553,354

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Simon's work here is impressive. He illuminates at both the practical and theoretical levels a relatively overlooked but vital aspect of humans and psychotherapy, and he does so by richly relating the work of a host of important existentialists. -- Brent D. Slife, Professor of Psychology, Brigham Young University This engaging book goes deeply into a very relevant clinical topic. Witold Simon provides the theoretical solid ground of the innovative construct The Person One Could Have Become (POCHB) and its connection to trauma experiences. The author presents the term from a new perspective based on a profound reflection, as well as multiple theoretical approaches with a strong emphasis in an existential-humanistic view. Simon very well depicts how psychotherapy could be an experience of moving from trauma to authenticity, pointing out integrative group psychotherapy as modality fit enough for such a profound transition as mourning the Person One Could Have Become. The role of the therapist and supervision features is subsequently described. Critiques of the POCHB concept are not spared, inviting the reader to widen the scope of study and discussing further research. -- Hector Fernandez L'Hoeste Ph.D, Aigle Foundation; University of Belgrano Dr. Witold Simon has created a comprehensive overview of existential approaches to trauma. This book extends our understanding of trauma further than both Jacobsen's European existential summarization of the topic, and Stubrin's recent American humanistic-existential work. I believe he is successful in going beyond manualization and in so doing provides a very stimulating book which will be of great interest to practitioners. Working with trauma is frequently challenging and such encouragement and thoughtful critique is much-needed. -- Simon du Plock, Middlesex Universityshow more

About Witold Simon

Witold Simon, MD, PhD, CGP, is Assistant Professor at the Department of Neurotic Disorders and Psychotherapy, at the Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology, Warsaw, more

Table of contents

Preface Chapter I. Clash of determinism and existentialism: Causal explanations versus contextual meanings Chapter II. The shattering ramifications of abuse and neglect Chapter III. Potential traumatic consequences of pregnancy loss Chapter IV. The anamnesis of two individuals experienced by trauma Chapter V. The Person One Could Have Become Chapter VI. Mourning the Person One Could Have Become Chapter VII. The clinical application of mourning the Person One Could Have Become: the NEST group psychotherapy Chapter VIII. The role of the therapist in mourning the Person One Could Have Become Chapter IX. Supervision of the process of mourning the Person One Could Have Become Chapter X. The clients' process of defining and mourning the Person One Could Have Become Chapter XI. Long-term ramifications: Continuous process of transformation beyond the termination of psychotherapy Chapter XII. Aftermath of clients' mourning processes Chapter XIII. Critique of the concept of mourning the Person One Could Have Become Conclusions References Index Authorshow more