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Boulanger, G. (2016). (t)rauma With a Small t? A review of Micro-trauma: A Psychoanalytic Understanding of Cumulative Psychic Injury by Margaret Crastnopol. New York, NY: Routledge, 2015. 252 pp.. Contemp. Psychoanal., 52(1):143-149.

(2016). Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 52(1):143-149

(t)rauma With a Small t? A review of Micro-trauma: A Psychoanalytic Understanding of Cumulative Psychic Injury by Margaret Crastnopol. New York, NY: Routledge, 2015. 252 pp.

Ghislaine Boulanger, Ph.D.

In Micro-trauma, Crastnopol identifies a series of ordinary interactional patterns, seemingly innocent everyday exchanges that can and frequently do end in disappointment, confusion, or humiliation for one or both parties to the exchange. She suggests that it is the accumulation of these subtle let downs and put downs that lead many of us and our patients to a chronic sense of demoralization and low self-esteem.

Subtitling her book “A Psychoanalytic Understanding of Cumulative Psychic Injury,” the author acknowledges that in cataloging this series of disappointing and disruptive patterns, she is building on Masud Khan's (1963) notion of cumulative trauma in infancy and childhood.

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