Over the course of the more than three decades during which I have been investigating and writing about trauma, two interweaving central themes have crystallized—trauma’s context-embeddedness and its existential significance (Stolorow, 2007).

The experience of emotional trauma is a two-way psychological bridge joining what I call post-Cartesian psychoanalysis and existential philosophy (Stolorow, 2011). Existential philosophy provides invaluable philosophical tools for understanding trauma’s existential significance, and the experience of emotional trauma discloses a fundamental constituent of authentic existing.

This link will take you to an interview in which I explain all this and illustrate it with my own experience of a devastating traumatic loss: https://soundcloud.com/betweenuspodcast/episode-10-finitude-with-dr-robe...

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Stolorow, R. D. (2007). Trauma and Human Existence: Autobiographical, Psychoanalytic, and Philosophical Reflections. New York: Routledge.

Stolorow, R. D. (2011). World, Affectivity, Trauma: Heidegger and Post-Cartesian Psychoanalysis. New York: Routledge.

About the Author

Robert D. Stolorow, Ph.D.

Robert D. Stolorow, Ph.D., is one of the original members of the International Council for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology, which stems from the work of Heinz Kohut.

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