Witnessing across Time: Accessing the Present from the Past and The Past from the Present

@article{Stern2012WitnessingAT,
  title={Witnessing across Time: Accessing the Present from the Past and The Past from the Present},
  author={D. Stern},
  journal={The Psychoanalytic Quarterly},
  year={2012},
  volume={81},
  pages={53 - 81}
}
  • D. Stern
  • Published 2012
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • The Psychoanalytic Quarterly
  • We are used to the idea that trauma in the past interrupts our capacity to grasp the present. But present or recent trauma can have a similar dissociative effect on our capacity to experience the more distant past. Contemporary trauma can rob the past of its goodness, leaving one feeling as if the past is gone, dead, separated from the present. The vitalization of the present by the past or the past by the present requires that experiences be linked across time. These links are created, in both… CONTINUE READING
    34 Citations

    Topics from this paper

    Unformulated experience, dissociation, and Nachträglichkeit
    • D. Stern
    • Medicine, Psychology
    • The Journal of analytical psychology
    • 2017
    • 6
    Bewitched, Buried, and Bewildered
    • 1
    Relational Psychoanalysis and the Inner Life: Commentary on Cooper, Corbett, and Seligman
    • 6
    Relational Freedom and Therapeutic Action
    • D. Stern
    • Psychology, Medicine
    • Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association
    • 2013
    • 49
    The Self of the Field and the Work of Donnel Stern
    • 1
    • Highly Influenced

    References

    SHOWING 1-10 OF 82 REFERENCES
    Shall the Twain Meet? Metaphor, Dissociation, and Cooccurrence
    • 25
    Performative and enactive features of psychoanalytic witnessing: The transference as the scene of address
    • B. Reis
    • Psychology, Medicine
    • The International journal of psycho-analysis
    • 2009
    • 66
    • PDF
    Failed empathy ― A central theme in the survivor's Holocaust experience
    • 136
    When the Third is Dead: Memory, Mourning, and Witnessing in the Aftermath of the Holocaust
    • S. Gerson
    • Sociology, Psychology
    • The International journal of psycho-analysis
    • 2009
    • 175
    • PDF
    Bearing Witness: Across the Barriers in Society and in the Clinic
    • 45
    Traumatic Shutdown of Narrative and Symbolization
    • 45
    Unformulated Experience: From Dissociation to Imagination in Psychoanalysis
    • 667
    The Eye Sees Itself
    • 116
    • PDF
    The two time vectors of Nachträglichkeit in the development of ego organization: Significance of the concept for the symbolization of nameless traumas and anxieties
    • G. Dahl
    • Psychology, Medicine
    • The International journal of psycho-analysis
    • 2010
    • 13