Denmark, Aarhus

Psychological Trauma and Dissociation Perspectives on Psychopathology

when 2 July 2012 - 27 July 2012
duration 4 weeks
credits 9.9 ECTS
fee EUR 1

Psychological trauma (or traumatic stress) and dissociation are concepts of increasing importance in our complex and violent world. In this seminar, we will discuss various ways in which the concepts of psychological trauma and dissociation have been used and understood in the past and currently, and the implications of these concepts for understanding both normal and abnormal behavior. Starting with an historical overview of the relevance of trauma and dissociation to an understanding of psychology and psychopathology, we will look at a few mental disorders linked to these concepts. From a discussion of the diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), first introduced 30 years ago, we will move to the proposed diagnosis of Complex PTSD and its relation to borderline personality disorder, and then to dissociative disorders, including dissociative identity disorder. More speculatively, we will consider the ways in which trauma and dissociation can help us to understand normal personality development, as well as violent behavior. Finally, the possible relevance of trauma and dissociation to an understanding of art forms, as well as societal conflicts, will be explored. Course offered by Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences.

Course leader

Andrew Moskowitz, Aarhus University

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