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" THE ORDINARY RESPONSE TO ATROCITIES is to banish them from consciousness. Certain violations of the social compact are too terrible to utter aloud: this is the meaning of the word unspeakable. "
Creative Interventions with Traumatized Children - Page xiii
edited by - 2008 - 332 pages
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Incest-related Syndromes of Adult Psychopathology

Richard P. Kluft - Medical - 1990 - 308 pages
...ordinary awareness. Certain violations of the human social compact, notably incest, are judged to be too terrible to utter aloud: this is the meaning of...unspeakable. Atrocities, however, refuse to be buried. Equally as powerful as the desire to deny atrocities is the human conviction that denial does not work....
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Articulate Silences: Hisaye Yamamoto, Maxine Hong Kingston, Joy Kogawa

King-Kok Cheung - Literary Criticism - 1993 - 198 pages
...of psychological trauma," the psychiatrist Judith Lewis Herman observes. "The ordinary response ... is to banish them from consciousness. Certain violations...aloud: this is the meaning of the word unspeakable." But these experiences, Herman emphasizes, "refuse to be buried. . . . Remembering and telling the truth...
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A Hunger So Wide and So Deep: American Women Speak Out on Eating Problems

Becky W. Thompson - Abused women - 1994 - 161 pages
...searing example of how language is used to hide violence and violation. In the words of Judith Herman, the "ordinary response to atrocities is to banish...from consciousness. Certain violations of the social contract are too terrible to utter aloud: this is the meaning of the word unspeakable."32 For a staggering...
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Trauma and Self

Charles B. Strozier, Michael Flynn - Psychology - 1996 - 303 pages
...of crime. The fathers did not want to tell; the children did not want to know.1 The ordinary human response to atrocities is to banish them from consciousness....unspeakable. Atrocities, however, refuse to be buried. As powerful as the desire to deny atrocities is the conviction that denial does not work. Our folk...
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Behind the Mask: Destruction and Creativity in Women’s Aggression

Dana Crowley Jack - Social Science - 2009 - 332 pages
...Latisha's self-cutting is her way to communicate the unspeakable. As Judith Herman (1992, 1) explains, the "ordinary response to atrocities is to banish...from consciousness. Certain violations of the social contract are too terrible to utter aloud: this is the meaning of the word unspeakable." In place of...
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Visual Culture and the Holocaust

Barbie Zelizer - Art - 2001 - 364 pages
...This suspends victims/survivors between the past and the present, between remembrance and avoidance: The ordinary response to atrocities is to banish them...unspeakable. Atrocities, however, refuse to be buried . . . the conflict between the will to deny horrible events and the will to proclaim them aloud is...
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Unspeakable Truths: Confronting State Terror and Atrocity

Priscilla B. Hayner - Political Science - 2001 - 340 pages
...School, points to a tension between victims' desire to speak and thetr instinct to bury their memories. "The ordinary response to atrocities is to banish...word unspeakable. Atrocities, however, refuse to be huried. Equally as powerful as the desire to deny atrocities is the conviction that denial does not...
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Charting a New Course for Feminist Psychology

Lynn H. Collins, Michelle R. Dunlap, Joan C. Chrisler - Philosophy - 2002 - 379 pages
...she looked at the intersections of state-sponsored terror and domestic abuse. She pointed out that "certain violations of the social compact are too terrible to utter aloud" (p. 1) and become unspeakable experiences of trauma. This is especially true of the atrocities committed...
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Trauma: Life Stories of Survivors

Kim Lacy Rogers, Selma Leydesdorff, Graham Dawson - Biography & Autobiography - 2004 - 262 pages
...in her study of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among war veterans and sexual-abuse survivors: 'The ordinary response to atrocities is to banish...aloud: this is the meaning of the word unspeakable'. She goes on to argue that: Atrocities, however, refuse to be buried. Equally as powerful as the desire...
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Harnessing the Holocaust: The Politics of Memory in France

Joan Beth Wolf - History - 2004 - 249 pages
...to preserve the very incomprehensibility that def1nes it as trauma. According to Herman, "[cjertain violations of the social compact are too terrible...aloud: this is the meaning of the word unspeakable? But because trauma refuses to be buried, "[t]he conflict between the will to deny horrible events and...
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