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Dowd, A. (2019). Uprooted Minds: Displacement, Trauma and Dissociation. J. Anal. Psychol., 64(2):244-269.

(2019). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 64(2):244-269

Uprooted Minds: Displacement, Trauma and Dissociation

Amanda Dowd

The author, English born and living in Sydney, Australia, presents an argument for the usefulness of the recognition of the implicit simultaneous links between the following:

ο    development of psychic skin and the establishment of the body schema

ο    development of a sense of identity

ο    relationship with place

such that the formulation psychic skin< > mind < > body < > self < > place < > world can be thought of as an organising gestalt or implicit continuum of ‘skin’ experience and process upon which the explicit always depends. This constitutes a taken-for-granted ground-plan of the self-in-place. The author follows this with an exploration of the consequences for psychic health of a traumatic rupture of this gestalt for both individual and group. Material from two cases is presented: first, a young woman whose family fled the Balkan wars which splintered the former Yugoslavia; second, the transmission of displacement trauma into the third generation of a family who arrived in Australia after WW II from the former Yugoslavia. For the purposes of this paper I will not make a distinction between migrants/exiles/refugees and instead refer to either displacement or dislocation.

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