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Rediscovering Pierre Janet: Trauma, Dissociation, and a New Context for Psychoanalysis
Craparo, Giuseppe, Francesca Ortu, and Onno Van der Hart (Eds)
Routledge / Softcover / 2019-04-01 / 0367193566
Classic Psychoanalysis / Dissociative States / Multiple Personality
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Rediscovering Pierre Janet explores the legacy left by the pioneering French psychologist, philosopher and psychotherapist (1859-1947), from the relationship of between Janet and Freud, to the influence of his dissociation theory on contemporary psychotraumatology.

Divided into three parts, the first section places Janetian psychological analysis and psychoanalysis in context with the foundational tenets of psychoanalysis, from Freud to relational theory, before the book explores Janetís work on trauma and dissociation and its influence on contemporary thinking. Part three presents several contemporary psychotherapy approaches directly influenced by Janetian theory, including the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder and dissociative identity disorder.

Rediscovering Pierre Janet draws together eminent scholars from a variety of backgrounds, each of whom has developed Janetian constructs according to his or her own theoretical and clinical models. It provides an integrative approach that offers contemporary perspectives on Janetís work, and will be of significant interest to practicing psychoanalysts, psychiatrists and psychotherapists, especially those treating trauma-related dissociative disorders, as well as researchers with an interest in psychological trauma.


"This volume is as much Discovery as Rediscovery. Pierre Janetís true impact is timeless. Why? Because his enduring relational sensibility is in his prescience. The full power of his "here-and-nowness" can best be appreciated by those who are able to recognize how much they need him. In this magnificent volume, both scholarly and personal, Janetís contribution and the man himself are embodied and come alive in every chapter. It is a book for us, and a "must-read." --Philip M. Bromberg, Author, Standing in the Spaces: Clinical Process, Trauma, and Dissociation and others

"Pierre Janetís work, predating Freudís, was the starting place for the effective treatment of serious mental distress. But Janetís concepts are not always easy to understand for English-speaking readers or for readers who have not previously exposed to his work. This volume of collected articles by international experts, edited by Giuseppe Craparo, Francesca Ortu, and Onno van der Hart, rediscovers and elucidates Janetís concepts, linking them with object relations theory, attachment theory, Ferencziís work, Jungian theory, and many other current psychotherapies. Together these articles explain the depth and breadth of Janetís concepts. Rediscovering Pierre Janet: Trauma, Dissociation, and a New Context for Psychoanalysis is a must read for all interested in psychoanalytic, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, relational, and trauma/dissociation-informed psychotherapies." --Elizabeth Howell, PhD, Author, The Dissociative Mind, Understanding and Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder: A Relational Approach

"Based on Pierre Janetís unsurpassed pioneering studies, the editors and authors realized an excellent book, intended for clinicians and researchers, focusing on the complex links between trauma and dissociation. This beautiful integration of Janetís work and current understanding is bound to open up new directions in theory and clinical practice. We should be grateful to Giuseppe Craparo, Francesca Ortu, and Onno van der Hart, for this most inspiring work, destined to become a classic of international psychology." --FranÁoise Pasqualin, President of the Association franÁaise Pierre Janet (AFPJ), and Bernard Mayer, co-founder of the AFPJ

"I think that is not possible to understand in deep traumatic dissociation without knowing Janetís theory: this book is the best way to introduce to it. The Authors finally unearthed the "city buried beneath ashes" and brought it back to life." --Professor Benedetto Farina, Universitŗ Europea di Roma

Table of Contents


INTRODUCTION - Giuseppe Craparo, Francesca Ortu, and Onno van der Hart

A Readerís Guide To Pierre Janet: A Neglected Intellectual Heritage -
Onno van der Hart and Barbara Friedman

From Consciousness to Subconsciousness. A Janetian Perspective -
Francesca Ortu and Giuseppe Craparo



Janet and Freud: Long-Time Rivals -
Gabriele Cassullo

Janet and Jung: A Stimulating Relationship -
Caterina Vezzoli

On Not Taking Just One Part of It: Janetís Influence on Object Relations Theory -
Gabriele Cassullo

From Janet to Bromberg, via Ferenczi: Standing in the spaces of the literature on dissociation -
Clara Mucci, Giuseppe Craparo, and Vittorio Lingiardi



Reflections on Some Contributions to Contemporary Psychotraumatology in the light of Janetís critique of Freudís theories -
Giovanni Liotti and Marianna Liotti

The Holistic Project of Pierre Janet. Part One: Disintegration or Dťsagrťgation -
Russell Meares and Cťcile Barral

The Holistic Project of Pierre Janet. Part Two: Oscillations and Becomings: From Disintegration to Integration -
Cťcile Barral and Russell Meares

Pierre Janet on Hallucinations, Paranoia, and Schizophrenia -
Andrew Moskowitz, Gerhard Heim, Isabelle Saillot, and Vanessa Beavan



The Hypnotherapeutic Relationship with Traumatized Patients: Pierre Janetís Contributions to Current Treatment -
Kathy Steele and Onno van der Hart

Pierre Janetís Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress -
Onno van der Hart, Paul Brown, and Bessel A. van der Kolk

Pierre Janetís Views on the Etiology, Pathogenesis, and Therapy Dissociative Disorders -
Gerhard Heim and Karl-Ernst Buhler

Striving for Acts of Triumph in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy -
Pat Ogden


Dissociation in the DSM-5: Your View, SíIl Vous PlaÓt, Docteur Janet? -

Ellert R. S. Nijenhuis

About the Editors

Giuseppe Craparo, PhD, is a psychologist, psychoanalyst, and Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Kore University of Enna, Italy. He is a member of the following associations: American Psychological Association, Italian Psychological Association, Association of Psychoanalytic Studies, International Federation of Psychoanalytic Societies.

Francesca Ortu, PhD, is a psychologist and full professor at "La Sapienza" University of Rome, has investigated issues concerning the origin of psychoanalysis, emphasizing the points of contact, and distance, with the theories that the French school, and particularly Pierre Janet, were elaborating. She has devoted a series of studies to the analysis of the Janetan theory and its clinical importance.

Onno van der Hart, PhD, is a psychologist, retired psychotherapist and emeritus professor at Utrecht University. A former president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and honorary president of LíAssociation franÁaise Pierre Janet, he is also a member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, and the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation.

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