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General Discussion / what is trauma really?
« on: May 19, 2015, 06:42:47 PM »
Hello, I'm a new psychotherapist in practice in California. I am pre licensed and working with a full caseload; almost all of my clients are presenting with significant trauma, mostly complex. I have been learning a lot about trauma (as well as my self), but I have a ton of questions. I have turned to Jung in the past for answers on an archetypal level, and you (Tony) have been someone who has presented Jung's ideas in a very accessible way. I am wondering if you can talk at all about the archetypal significance of trauma. The most basic way I can approach this is to ask the question "What IS trauma," because I feel like simplifying things will help get to the truth. There are so many different view points on trauma that I feel in some ways I (and many) are missing the point. I know that there are dissociated aspects of the self (fragmented) which can form the shadow, but to me this gets confusing because the shadow is a part of the self, and trauma by definition comes from (or initiates) outside of the self. Therefore the shadow may be the result of trauma, but WHAT then is trauma, in an archetypal sense? Is it chaos? Evil? Destruction? I know that the trauma is the reaction to an outside event, but what this reaction is on a basic level eludes me. I wonder if part of it is a sort of reaction to chaos which fragments in order to promote individuation? i.e. is there an inherent purpost to trauma? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Or if you know of books/essays that may help :)

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