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Collective Trauma

Recovering Truth, Confronting Trauma: A Book Review of Paper Love

Deborah R. Glasofer, Ph.D. | Posted 12.10.2014 | Books
Deborah R. Glasofer, Ph.D.

Paper Love, the debut book of journalist Sarah Wildman, unearths the story of Valy Sheftel, the woman left behind by Wildman's grandfather Karl when he fled Nazi-occupied Vienna in 1938.

The Lockerbie Disaster: 25 Years Later

Helen Davey | Posted 02.22.2014 | World
Helen Davey

It was years ago that the first photographs of Pan Am's Clipper Maid of the Seas lying shattered in that Scottish meadow began flashing across television screens across the world. And it would mark the end of pleasant air travel for all of us.

The Tragic and the Metaphysical

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 10.05.2013 | Politics
Robert D. Stolorow

It is my view that the lamentable, endlessly recurring cycle of atrocity and counter-atrocity that has been so characteristic of human history derives significantly from the turning to metaphysical illusion in the effort to evade the traumatizing impact of human finitude.

The Boston Marathon Bombing as a Collective Trauma

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 06.19.2013 | Crime
Robert D. Stolorow

A tragedy like this brings us face-to-face with our existential vulnerabilities -- vulnerabilities to harm, death, and loss -- and the existential vulnerability of all those we love and, perhaps worst of all, the limitedness or our ability to protect them.

Time to Listen to Veterans Tell Their Truths

Leila Levinson | Posted 06.17.2013 | Impact
Leila Levinson

We are 12 adults preparing for a play. We are veterans and family members of veterans. The audience will be civilians. Just as children learn through play, so is our play teaching us, transforming us.

A Shared Trauma: The Death of Pan Am

Helen Davey | Posted 01.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Helen Davey

Following the devastation left in the path of Hurricane Sandy, I invite those who are suffering from this massive collective trauma to view this speech.

What Did We Learn From 9/11?

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 11.12.2012 | Politics
Robert D. Stolorow

Human beings have great difficulty accepting and dwelling in such existential vulnerability. We fall into what the philosopher Martin Heidegger called idle talk.

Collapse of a World

Helen Davey | Posted 02.15.2012 | Business
Helen Davey

I'm struck by the similarity of the feelings of instability in the world now with how we Pan Am employees felt as our company began to fail.

Trauma, Death, and Resurrection: A Russian-American Conversation

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 11.07.2011 | World
Robert D. Stolorow

(An invited conversation between myself [RDS] and Russian social philosopher and journalist Sergei Roganov [SR].) RDS: You were kind enough to contac...

Stories Of Loss And Chaos: The Ninth Of Av And The 10th Anniversary Of 9/11

Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster | Posted 10.08.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster

Tisha B'Av has been a way for the Jewish community to confront and contain trauma through the telling of stories. But after 9/11, how can we have unity when we aren't clear what story we are telling?

The Meaning and the Rhetoric of Evil: Auschwitz and Bin Laden

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 08.27.2011 | World
Robert D. Stolorow

Is there an alternative to ideological illusion and the rhetoric of evil? Yes, there is. We must remember our common human vulnerabilities and bring them into a collective conversation within which our existential anxiety can be held and better borne.

Death and Resurrection

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 07.03.2011 | World
Robert D. Stolorow

The terrorist attack of September 11, 2001 was a devastating collective trauma that inflicted a rip in the fabric of the American psyche. In horrifyin...

Japan's Earthquake and Apocalyptic Terror

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robert D. Stolorow

Earthquakes, especially catastrophic ones, shake our confidence in the very ground we stand on and confront us with the groundlessness of our existence, wherein no certainty, safety, or continuity of being can be assured.

Earthquakes, Trauma, and Existential Anxiety

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robert D. Stolorow

Angelenos who live by the San Andreas Fault Line live in a vague state of anxiety. It is an existential anxiety -- about our own existence and the existence of all those whom we love.

The Lesson of 9/11

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert D. Stolorow

The attack of 9/11 shattered our collective illusions of safety, inviolability, and grandiose invincibility, illusions that had long been mainstays of the American historical identity.

Blues, Trauma, Finitude

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robert D. Stolorow

With roots in African music, the blues was born in the Mississippi delta as a distinctively African American musical genre in response to the de-humanizing traumas of slavery and its aftermath.

'Empathic Civilization' in an Age of Trauma

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Robert D. Stolorow

If we can help one another bear the darkness rather than evade it, perhaps one day we will be able to see the light.

Horrors of the Haiti Earthquake and the Power of Human Understanding

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert D. Stolorow

"There is so much to tell, but I hope that this small sample will convey the feelings and needs of the Haitians. In many ways, I feel that our trip was such a small contribution that it barely has meaning."

"Radical Evil"

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Robert D. Stolorow

Richard Bernstein has written an important philosophical inquiry into the phenomenon of evil (Bernstein 2002), an inquiry that will be of great value to psychoanalysts.