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The Haunted Self - Structural Dissociation and the Treatment of Chronic Trauma

By Onno Van der Hart, Ellert RS Nijenhuis, Kathy Steele, François Mousnier-Lompré (Translator), Erik de Soir (Preface)
Paperback, published in July 2010 by De Boeck. ISBN 978-2-8041-6045-6.
538 pages. 

The daily life of people with chronic trauma is a constant struggle.
Indeed, many of them regularly experience difficulties, are prey to violent intrapsychic conflicts and do not always manage to manage their lives harmoniously. Their symptoms and their suffering, generally linked to a painful past, are often misunderstood, especially as some seek to hide the distress that overwhelms them. It is therefore difficult for the therapist to determine and treat the crux of the problem.
Drawing on the structural dissociation theory of personality as well as the Janetian psychology of conduct, The Haunted Self offers a staged model of treatment, centered on the identification and treatment of structural dissociation as well as mental actions. and inappropriate behavior. This approach exposes the patient to the reasons that lead him to act and think inappropriately and gradually guides him to the acquisition of more effective behavioral and mental actions, thus allowing him a better adaptation in daily life.
Students of clinical psychology and psychiatry, as well as clinicians, researchers, and anyone interested in adult survivors of chronic childhood neglect and abuse will find effective tools and advice here to make therapies more effective. and better tolerated by the patient.


 “The Orphan of Bérésina”: Thérèse of Lisieux (1873 -1897).
Essay on socio-historical psychoanalysis. By Jacques Maître. Preface with dialogue by Michèle Bertrand and Ginette Raimbault.
Published in September 1996 by Editions du Cerf. ISBN: 2-204-05272. 400 pages The number of books devoted to Thérèse of Lisieux is considerable, and one can wonder what remains to be said. However, the work of Jacques Maître proves to be particularly innovative, as indicated by its subtitle: “Essai de psychanalyse socio- historique”.

It is indeed a question of hearing, through the texts bequeathed by Thérèse (autobiography, correspondence, poems, remarks collected by those around her), the echo of the unconscious problematic that arose during her early childhood. She herself retraces four decisive episodes in the subsequent elaboration of her original fixations; the fifth stage is that of the last weeks before his death. Thérèse lost her mother at the age of four. The title, "L'Orpheline de la Bérésina", enigmatic at first sight, refers to the pseudonym she used to sign her letters to her father, thus identifying herself with the heroine of this novel who will find her mother when she thought she was drowned in the Beresina. Read in the family library: The Moscow Orphan.


Suffering of men: a psychiatrist questions Thérèse of Lisieux.
By Robert Mason.   
Paperback Published in June 1997, published by Saint-Paul, collection Contemporary debates. ISBN: 2-85049-716-9.
152 pages

The celebration of the centenary of the death of Thérèse of Lisieux quite naturally encouraged a renewal of research and assessments. Doctor Robert Masson would like to highlight how she took into account her many weaknesses to win the fight of unshakeable trust in the love of God the Father.

Whether in her private or community life, Thérèse's response to suffering is a very rich lesson from which everyone can benefit today. In this search for an intimate truth, there was no question of ignoring his "strange illness" at the age of ten, which left traces until his death. On this point, the author makes us discover that, if neurosis is an obstacle to the fecundity of divine Grace, psychic fragility can be a veritable springboard towards holiness. Thérèse's admirable message took us out of the religion of fear to introduce us to a religion of love which radically transforms our social behavior: the author himself reveals to us the influence of Thérèse in what was his professional fight against suffering.


Inner liberation psychotherapy, spiritual accompaniment, how to choose?
By Bernard Dubois and Daniel Desbois. Preface by Dom Philippe Piron.
Pin. Published in May 2010, by the Presses de la Renaissance. ISBN: 978-2-7509-0609-2
311 pages. Two specialists in the accompaniment of people in suffering demonstrate that uniting the three physical, psychological and spiritual dimensions of human nature is the secret of a fulfilling life.

Today more than ever, human beings demand to be listened to, accompanied and welcomed in all the dimensions of their being. But it is difficult to discern, among a large number of proposals, which one would be the best. The authors confront the three most widespread accompaniments currently - psychotherapy, spiritual accompaniment and inner liberation - to evaluate them, compare them, specify their differences and their complementarities. Their objective is to identify the specific value of the process of interior liberation, which takes place within the framework of the spiritual accompaniment practiced in the Church for two thousand years, and to specify the modalities in relation to the human sciences and the approaches therapies. They founded the "Anne-Peggy Agapè" sessions which have welcomed and accompanied more than 6 people, lay people, priests and religious since 000. As caregivers, they were led to distinguish the psychic from the spiritual, then to specify their delicate joint. They work in multidisciplinarity with the competence of each (doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, philosophers and theologians).