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The Aftermath of Silencing the Trauma: A Narrative Case Study
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Psychology, Pedagogy and Sociology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4151-7976
Department of Psychology, University of Poitiers, Poitiers (FRA).
2023 (English)In: Narrative and Mental Health: Reimagining Theory and Practice / [ed] Mildorf, Jarmila, Punzi, Elisabeth, Singer, Christoph, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2023, p. 86-103Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The association between silence and powerlessness is one reason behind rape victims’ decision to remain silent about the assault. Rape victims, who most often are traumatized, face a wide array of negative experiences as a consequence of the violence. At the heart of this trauma narrative is the case of a female patient, 70 years old, suffering from tinnitus, for which she was offered psychotherapy. During one of the last therapy sessions the patient disclosed that she was raped at the age of 22 by a man she met when searching for a job. This case study explores the complex relationship between sensory fragments (i.e., hallucinations and tinnitus) and the disclosure of a hidden trauma that occurred half a century earlier. It also illustrates how establishing a confidential therapeutic alliance can contribute to a sustained integration of fragmented experiences of the trauma into a personal history.

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Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2023. p. 86-103
Keywords [en]
silence, sexual assault, disassociation, tinnitus, psychodynamic approach
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Applied Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-20890Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85174130255ISBN: 9780197620571 (electronic)ISBN: 9780197620540 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-20890DiVA, id: diva2:1811110
Available from: 2023-11-10 Created: 2023-11-10 Last updated: 2024-01-11Bibliographically approved

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