By Andres Gautier, Anna Sabatini Scalmati
"In their dialogue of torture, the participants to this publication write of what its sufferers can't positioned into phrases and the paintings that should be performed with them thus. operating with a victim’s account of a aggravating adventure is going a lot additional than any debriefing strategy may have us think -- specifically, sufferers want somebody to pay attention conscientiously to what they need to say; that individual often is the first to provide a safe haven for the discomfort of these who've no inner 'shelter' in their own.
The authors move directly to speak about the type of psychological processing which may unfastened sufferers from their unspeakable trauma, a trauma that has no framework in time nor phrases with which to specific it.
Under the skilful editorship of Andrés Gautier and Anna Sabatini, this e-book asks of either psychoanalysts and politicians a query that is going correct to the center in their 'impossible professions'."
--René Kaës, From the Foreword
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Passing many days without eating; she dreamt of her brother beckoning her. She told me that in her country it is very common for the second twin to die soon after the first, just to waste away. Now she spoke of some of the special customs for twins. When a mother gives birth to twins, she is presented with the Peace Tree, which is kept in the house for the twins. If they become too excitable, they are stroked with a leaf or given the fruit to eat. It had been her brother’s task to tend the plant.
30 BEARING WITNESS After a while, his head still bowed, he says, “My bones will never warm up again, my hands hurt, the blood does not flow”. Rolling down his face, one, at maximum, two tears. We have to gradually melt his world iced over with hatred, shame and the pain of torture. We have to help his blood to flow in a body that has stared death in the face more than once. His nights are iced over too. He has not dreamed at night for months. He hardly sleeps; he is scared of his room mates. Nights in prison are more dangerous than days.
This unconscious but inevitable dependency on the external world provides the self with a feeling of security and a sense of belonging. If, because of external circumstances such as terrorism, the AMBIGUITY AS A DEFENCE IN EXTREME TRAUMA 5 ambiguous nucleus loses its depositories, ambiguity is re-introjected, thereby giving rise to uncertainty, confusion and various forms of anxiety for example, panic, numbing, feelings of strangeness and perplexity. , context and circumstances, sets in. Bleger uses the term “ambiguous position” to refer to a preconflictive, pre-paranoid-schizoid position, which must be clearly distinguished from ambivalence and contradiction, and which can operate as a defence.
Bearing Witness: Psychoanalytic Work with People Traumatized by Torture and State Violence by Andres Gautier, Anna Sabatini Scalmati