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  • Hardcover: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press (April 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0029160154
  • ISBN-13: 978-0029160152
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 5.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ronnie Janoff-Bulman, PhD, is a professor of psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, with current research focusing on morality, particularly the motivational bases of different moral perspectives. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Lovelace on May 3, 2000
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who: 1. Wants a basic, cognitive foundation in understanding how personal schemas, or ways of looking at and interpreting the world, are formed; 2. How change that causes us to question our basic assumptions that a. The world is benevolent, b. The world is meaningful, and c. The self is worthy -- can lead to psychological trauma including uneasy heightened physiological responses, feelings of anxiety, and a confrontation with the illusion that we are immune to death. Janoff-Bulman argues that the "adjustment of survivors rests largely" on their level of disillusionment and whether they despair or remain hopeful after a traumatic experience. The author does a quite adequte job of explaining the personal benefits of working through the trauma and learning to cope with change, and explaining why the ones we love the most are sometimes the least helpful, or even harmful, in supporting us in developing a new self and world view. Instead of just leaving us there, the author continues by telling us how others can be helpful in different ways and the fact that no one person can "be everything" or sole supporter of a traumatized individual. Finally, we are given a criteria for "ordinary levels of effective functioning" that can be used to gauge recovery. Perhaps the most valuable portion of this book, though, are the extensive Notes and Listing of References that help one to expand their research into trauma effects and recovery. The negative of this book is the author's overindulgance in rehashing psychotherapy's classic view of dissociative states as, the least,counterproductive to recovery, and, at most proof of psychosis.Read more ›
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Timothy L. Boschen on July 24, 2002
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Janoff-Bulman describes what happens to a person, male or female, when dealing with sudden life-disrupting events. The two greatest "assumptions" or basic beliefs assaulted by trauma are that the world is safe and that I am a valuable asset in it. She speaks to victims and therapists alike in non-clinical terms that are healing and educational. Therapists could easily recommend this book to persons surviving traumatic events.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By TwoWheelFree on April 1, 2011
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I highly recommend this book for anyone that either professionally works with trauma survivors or is a survivor themselves. I am a person coming to terms with my life as a child in a violent family situation and the physical injuries I received some forty years ago. I found my inner thoughts and feelings being expressed on the pages of this book as if she had interviewed me!! Often she expressed what I had been feeling but had not quite found the words to express. It was definitely a cathartic experience reading this book. If you are a survivor like me, you may experience wild swings of emotion as you read this book.
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By rochellenisenfeld on July 9, 2013
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This is a companion piece to Traumatic Incident Reduction (Theory) and a must read to better understand its psychological intent
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By Ma on January 18, 2013
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I recomend this book to anyone who wanted to learn real life applied psychology. This is a must read book! I love it, is better than expected.
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