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Book Reviews Edited by Joseph P. Merlino, M.D., M.P.A. and César A. Alfonso, M.D. The Reproduction of Evil: A Clinical and Cultural Perspective, by Sue Grand, Analytic Press, Hillsdale, NJ, 2000, 198 pp. This has been a difficult book to review. My first reading of it was interrupted by the events of September 11, 2001, and in the midst of that horror, I put the book down and then found myself strangely resistant to taking it up again, even though I recalled that I had been impressed with it at first. When I took it up again, finally, I came to realize more about my resistance to dealing with this book. Grand's work comes out of a focus on trauma and the effects of trauma on the human psyche. Theoretically, she understands trauma in an interpersonal context --an interaction between survivor and perpetrator, and she describes this interaction in the terminology of interpersonal psychoanalysis and in the Kleinian terminology of Grotstein, Mitrani, Bion, and Ogden (and others). Trauma, for Grand, involves a core that is essentially unknowable, the annihilation of the victim's very core self as a human being and the perpetrator's need to be able to deny that core http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis & Dynamic Psychiatry Guilford Press

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Guilford Press
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© The American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry
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Book Reviews
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1546-0371
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10.1521/jaap.2005.33.2.405
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Edited by Joseph P. Merlino, M.D., M.P.A. and César A. Alfonso, M.D. The Reproduction of Evil: A Clinical and Cultural Perspective, by Sue Grand, Analytic Press, Hillsdale, NJ, 2000, 198 pp. This has been a difficult book to review. My first reading of it was interrupted by the events of September 11, 2001, and in the midst of that horror, I put the book down and then found myself strangely resistant to taking it up again, even though I recalled that I had been impressed with it at first. When I took it up again, finally, I came to realize more about my resistance to dealing with this book. Grand's work comes out of a focus on trauma and the effects of trauma on the human psyche. Theoretically, she understands trauma in an interpersonal context --an interaction between survivor and perpetrator, and she describes this interaction in the terminology of interpersonal psychoanalysis and in the Kleinian terminology of Grotstein, Mitrani, Bion, and Ogden (and others). Trauma, for Grand, involves a core that is essentially unknowable, the annihilation of the victim's very core self as a human being and the perpetrator's need to be able to deny that core

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Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis & Dynamic PsychiatryGuilford Press

Published: Jun 1, 2005

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