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Robert D Stolorow Ph.D.


Emotional Trauma, Context, Authenticity

Trauma discloses agonizing existential truth.

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:

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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.