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NCJ Number: 228731 Find in a Library
Title: Mourning the Person One Could Have Become: The Existential Transition for the Psychotherapy Clients Experienced by Abuse or Neglect
Journal: Aggression and Violent Behavior  Volume:14  Issue:5  Dated:September/October 2009  Pages:423-432
Author(s): Witold Simon
Date Published: October 2009
Page Count: 10
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Netherlands
Annotation: This paper presents the existential concept of the Person One Could Have Become (POCHB) and specifically the phenomenon of mourning the POCHB, an existential transition in psychotherapy for abused or neglected clients.
Abstract: The POCHB is conceptualized as personality and physical characteristics which could have emerged, if an individual at the right time had received an appropriate quantity and quality of nurturing and developmental stimuli, which would have enabled the person to make more mature and independent choices. Mourning the POCHB is an existential transition for traumatized individuals. This process is part of the group therapy. The mourning of POCHB is not much different from other mournings. The role of the therapist in facilitating the process of mourning the POCHB is best defined by collaborative therapeutic alliance, as well as empathic understanding, non-possessive warmth, positive regard, and congruence. The mourning of the POCHB, which is frequently a life-long process, seems to be an essential step in the existential transition for psychotherapy clients who have experienced abuse or neglect, facilitating the reintegration of their personality. References
Main Term(s): Psychological victimization effects
Index Term(s): Child abuse; Child emotional abuse and neglect; Psychology; Psychotherapy; Reality therapy; Victims of Crime
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