No escape when the past is endless

J. L. Alpert

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An intricate and chilling rendering of traumatic memory is presented. Among other observations, the article indicates that loss of traumatic material begins early and that children work as ferociously to forget as adults do to remember. The author also indicates that trauma cannot be made mute and that memory demands a more complicated outlook than a simple true-false dichotomy. The article also suggests that there may be inconsistency in trauma communication, and it points to a whole web of defense mechanisms that trauma may impel.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)729-736
Number of pages8
JournalPsychoanalytic Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology


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