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Aiello, T. (2012). Out of Destruction, a Terrible Beauty Is Born. J. Infant Child Adolesc. Psychother., 11(2):160-168.

(2012). Journal of Infant, Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy, 11(2):160-168

Out of Destruction, a Terrible Beauty Is Born

Theresa Aiello

This article describes how children described the events of September 11 to their therapists in terms of the beauty of home and community. This content emerged as a theme in interviews with 20 therapists who described children's narrations of 9/11 in terms of verbal vignettes, symbolic enactments, drawings, and play during the course of play therapy. Twenty psychoanalytically oriented therapists described these vignettes which traversed 45 different cases. A surprise in the narratives were representations of home and community illustrating the children's aesthetic sensibilities. Narrativist, narratological, and psychoanalytic contributions will be used to understand this content.

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