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A Shining Affliction: A Story of Harm and Healing in Psychotherapy

By: Annie G. Rogers


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In this brave, iconoclastic, and utterly unique book, psychotherapist Annie Rogers chronicles her remarkable bond with Ben, a severely disturbed five-year-old. Orphaned, fostered, neglected, and “forgotten” in a household fire, Ben finally begins to respond to Annie in their intricate and revealing play therapy. But as Ben begins to explore the trauma of his past, Annie finds herself being drawn downward into her own mental anguish. Catastrophically failed by her own therapist, she is hospitalized with a breakdown that renders her unable even to speak. Then she and her gifted new analyst must uncover where her story of childhood terror overlaps with Ben’s, and learn how she can complete her work with the child by creating a new story from the old- one that ultimately heals them both.

Publisher:Penguin Books
Edition:Reprint Edition
About the Author:Annie G. Rogers is the professor of psychoanalysis and clinical psychology at Hampshire College as well as being on the faculty of the Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis in San Francisco. She is the winner of a Fulbright Fellowship in Ireland, a Radcliffe Fellowship at Harvard University, and a Whiting Fellowship at Hampshire College. She is the author of A Shining Affliction, The Unsayable: The Hidden Language of Trauma, as well as many other works, both fiction and nonfiction.
Product Dimensions:5.1 x 0.7 x 7.8 inches
Publication Date:August 1, 1996