Trauma, Fear & Love is the fourth book by Professor Franz Ruppert translated into English from the German original. In it Ruppert continues his exploration of the impact of trauma on human beings that has been the topic of his previous books. This particular book looks at the structure and functioning of the psyche, and how traumas influence psychological functioning. He takes a holistic stance, understanding the psyche as part of the psychosomatic system, and shows how the separation of mind and body is impossible, illogical and unhelpful. Traumas are always psychosomatic events, whether seemingly a physcial _DSC5375 (1) smalltrauma or a psychological trauma. Using many case examples, Ruppert explores the underlying issue of relational trauma, the perpetrator/victim dynamics at play. His exploration and developed theories of perpetrator and victim look deeply into the nature, origins and rationale of perpetration as, in itself, a result of traumatisation. It is not helpful to think of perpetrators as just ‘evil’; we have to understand how the person becomes a perpetrator, the context of the perpetrator, sometimes over several generations.
This is an exciting book. Ruppert has the ability to reach beyond the conventional boundaries of psychotherapeutic thinking, questioning some of our basic assumptions and building on our accumulated knowledge. He brings a sharp, scientific eye to the complex world of consciousness and the psyche, the results of which can only enhance our understanding of trauma.
Table of Contents:
1. What are the causes of psychological problems?
2. What does ‘psyche’ mean?
3. What is a healthy psyche?
4. Trauma as the cause of psychological ‘disorders’
5. Multi-Generational Psychotraumatology
6. Psychotherapy based on the constellations method
7. Case studies taken from one-to-one and group therapy sessions
8. How can we become psychologically healthy?
9. A social and cultural framework for psychological health
About the Author:
Franz Ruppert is Professor of Psychology at the University of Applied Sciences in Munich, a post he has held since 1992. He gained his PhD in Work and Organisational Psychology at the Technical University of Munich in 1985.
Since 1995 he has focused on psychotherapeutic work and specifically on the causes of psychosis, schizophrenia and other forms of severe mental illness. He has combined with this his interest in bonding and attachment theories and modern trauma work in order to understand better the effect of traumatic events, not just for those who suffer the event, but on whole bonding systems such as families.
He came into contact with the Systemic constellations work of Bert Hellinger in Germany in the mid-'90s and since then has utilised this methodology in order to work with clients and understand the subtle and hidden dynamics of trauma in systems.
Franz Ruppert teaches trauma theory at the University of Applied Sciences, works with individuals and facilitates workshops in Germany and many other countries including the UK.