Trauma and symbol. Instinct and reality perception in therapeutic work with victims of incest.

@article{AffeldNiemeyer1995TraumaAS,
  title={Trauma and symbol. Instinct and reality perception in therapeutic work with victims of incest.},
  author={P Affeld-Niemeyer},
  journal={The Journal of analytical psychology},
  year={1995},
  volume={40 1},
  pages={23-39}
}
With the help of the conceptualizations of Amati and Bleger, and of Jung, the loss of instinctual experience and reality sense in the victims of incestuous abuse is described as an extreme regression to a primary undifferentiated stage of development: that of 'ambiguity' and 'identity'. At this stage the identity of the victim is taken over by that of the aggressor and becomes petrified in a form of mimicry. Differentiation processes are partially blocked. Through the therapeutic work with a… CONTINUE READING

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