Is Psychosis Meaningful? Trauma, Dissociation and Schizophrenia

Our understanding of madness, as expressed in the paradigmatic form of schizophrenia, has undergone a transformation in recent years. There has been sustained resistance, driven by cognitive psychology research and insights from the trauma and dissociation field, to the broadly accepted view of psychosis and schizophrenia as genetically-driven brain diseases. Against this view of madness as ‘incomprehensible’, comes the position that psychotic symptoms are not only meaningful but that their meaning must be understood for genuine healing to occur.

Lecture 1/3: Understanding Trauma and Dissociation, along with Post-Traumatic and Dissociative Disorders

In his first delivered lecture, Dr. Andrew Moskowitz, Ph.D., focuses on the term trauma which, in common usage, is quite broad, while its formal use in diagnoses such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is quite narrow. He argues for a middle ground, exploring the historical use of the term trauma (as ‘wound’) and conceptualizing trauma as a threat to the psychological (not only physical) integrity of the self – distinct from severe stress but related to dissociation.

These lectures are partly based on the book “Psychosis, Trauma and Dissociation”. Please click here for more information:

Andrew Moskowitz, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Dean of Undergraduate Programs, Touro College Berlin, Berlin, Germany

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