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The unsayable : the hidden language of trauma

Author: Annie G Rogers
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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In her twenty years as a clinical psychologist, Annie Rogers has learned to understand the silent language of girls who will not?who cannot?speak about devastating sexual trauma. Abuse too painful to put into words does have a language, though, a language of coded signs and symptoms that conventional therapy fails to understand. In this luminous, deeply moving book, Rogers reveals how she has helped many girls find  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Rogers, Annie G.
Unsayable.
New York : Random House, ©2006
(OCoLC)607751666
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Annie G Rogers
ISBN: 1400061954 9781400061952
OCLC Number: 62161295
Description: xv, 302 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Part 1 Joan of Arc 1 --
Part 2 The Unsayable 31 --
Part 3 Surprising Sounds 95 --
Part 4 Repetition 211 --
Part 5 Toward Desire 265.
Responsibility: Annie G. Rogers.
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In her twenty years as a clinical psychologist, Annie Rogers has learned to understand the silent language of girls who will not?who cannot?speak about devastating sexual trauma. Abuse too painful to put into words does have a language, though, a language of coded signs and symptoms that conventional therapy fails to understand. In this luminous, deeply moving book, Rogers reveals how she has helped many girls find expression and healing for the sexual trauma that has shattered their childhoods. Rogers opens with a harrowing account of her own emotional collapse in childhood and goes on to illustrate its significance to how she hears and understands trauma in her clinical work. Years after her breakdown, when she discovered the brilliant work of French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan, Rogers at last had the key she needed to unlock the secrets of the unsayable. With Lacan?s theory of language and its layered associations as her guide, Rogers was able to make startling connections with seemingly unreachable girls who had lost years of childhood, who had endured the unspeakable in silence. At the heart of the book is the searing portrait of the girl Rogers calls Ellen, brutally abused for three years by her teenage male babysitter. Over the course of seven years of therapy, Rogers helped Ellen find words for the terrible things that had happened to her, face up to the unconscious patterns through which she replayed the trauma, and learn to live beyond the shadows of the past. Through Ellen?s story, Rogers illuminates the complex, intimate unraveling of trauma between therapist and child, as painful truths and their consequences come to light in unexpected ways.

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