Key Concepts in Trauma from LaCapra

Foundational Trauma: the sense tha traumatic events in the past may be adopted and internalized in such a way that “recovery” or “getting over it” is seen to “dishonor” the trauma, or as a betrayal to the victims.  Thus, the identification with that past experience of trauma becomes foundational in the personal or collective identity.…

The Rhetoric of Trauma

Trauma is by no means “purely rhetorical” – there is the documented fact of experiences that erode the efficacy of memory.  But some people, I think, see trauma only as rhetorical.  They imitate the narratives of trauma survivors through fabricated or hyperbolized autobiography. I don’t know whether these acts are an indication of a complete lack…

Mimetic vs Antimimetic Theories of Trauma

Ruth Leys describes the how the mimetic paradigms of trauma that arose from the hypnosis tradition of Freud and others reveal the internal dissociation of the traumatized subject.  Survivors were found to repeat the external cues from researchers, and it was hypothesized that the severity of trauma led to a kind of forced forgetting, that…