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Coping with the trauma of abandonment through artistic expression
by Josh Cohen
About this EXP
Josh Cohen, psychoanalyst and Professor of Modern literary Theory at Goldsmiths, University of London, talks about abandonment and trauma.
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Key point 1
According to Donald Winnicott, when we experience traumatic abandonment that the mind is unable to process, this gives rise to the pain of emptiness.
Key point 2
For Julia Kristeva, abjection involves a level of pain and incomprehension of one’s own pain that seem to go beyond the possibility of representation.
Key point 3
The transformation of experiences of abandonment into something with symbolic value is a way of surviving them; art and literature are full of such examples.
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