To tame this feral man: Dissociation as an antidote for terror

Judith L. Alpert

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The author presents a dream in which she was asked to de-escalate violence by means of working with Osama bin laden and President George Bush. In the process of discussing this dream she considers the repetition of retaliatory cycles, splitting, conflicting views, and the role on fantasy in dealing with trauma. Next there is a discussion about the author's situation during the 9/11 atrocity, with a focus on the experience of teaching trauma to her graduate-level trauma class at New York University. Questions are raised about the long-term effects of the atrocity as well as the transmission of this trauma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)20-24
Number of pages5
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2011


  • 9/11
  • Osama bin Laden
  • dissociation and fantasy
  • retaliatory cycles
  • trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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