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Rediscovering Pierre Janet: Trauma, Dissociation, and a New Context for Psychoanalysis
Giuseppe Craparo, Francesca Ortu, and Onno Van der Hart (Eds)
Routledge / Softcover / Apr 2019
9780367193560 (ISBN-10: 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 Janet’s 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 Janet’s 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 Janet’s 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, Janet’s 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 Janet’s work, predating Freud’s, was the starting place for the effective treatment of serious mental distress. But Janet’s 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 Janet’s concepts, linking them with object relations theory, attachment theory, Ferenczi’s work, Jungian theory, and many other current psychotherapies. Together these articles explain the depth and breadth of Janet’s 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 Janet’s 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 Janet’s 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." --Françoise Pasqualin, President of the Association française 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 Janet’s 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, Università Europea di Roma

Table of Contents


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

A Reader’s 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: Janet’s 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 Janet’s critique of Freud’s theories -
Giovanni Liotti and Marianna Liotti

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

The Holistic Project of Pierre Janet. Part Two: Oscillations and Becomings: From Disintegration to Integration -
Cécile 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 Janet’s Contributions to Current Treatment -
Kathy Steele and Onno van der Hart

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

Pierre Janet’s 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, S’Il Vous Plaît, 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 L’Association française 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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