When the authors were contacted afterwards through their website, Kaisa Klapuri wrote, and gave permission to print here: “We feel that by our work we have a meaning, a purpose in life. To live for something bigger than oneself, e.g., helping others, is the essential key to a happy life. We are deeply grateful that we got the chance to bring forth the voice of survivors themselves. We are living examples of the fact that trauma can be healed.read more
This was the first time that I have visited such a conference and I lived a lot of intense experiences there. On Saturday I was at your presentation where some of you spoke about your experiences and your book. Your presentation has touched my heart. I have bought your book after the presentation and you have written a dedication in it. Since that day I carry your book with me every day and I have read it more than half way through.read more
We grabbed the opportunity of presenting our book Five Survivors, a Hundred Lives in the 2017 European Trauma and Dissociation Conference with both hands and we find that the effort was well worth it.read more
Etymologically, the word “trauma” means “damage” or “wound”. Even professionals often mix things up, and “trauma” is quite commonly used to refer to an experience or event in a person’s life. However, “trauma” should be used to refer specifically to the emotional damage an event has caused in a person. This becomes much simpler if, in looking for a definition, we return to Pierre Janet’s ideas. ”Emotional trauma” refers to psychophysical damage manifested as a splitting of the personality.”read more
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