Clinical Social Work Journal

, Volume 36, Issue 2, pp 217–219 | Cite as

Elizabeth F. Howell, The Dissociative Mind

The Analytic Press, Inc., Hillsdale, NJ, 2005, Hardcover, 307 pp, $48.40, ISBN 0-88163-408-5
  • Kathryn Basham
Book Review

Drawing upon the wisdom of our psychoanalytic ancestors, Dr. Howell, an eminent psychoanalyst and traumatologist, guides the reader through an exciting and scholarly synthesis of theoretical, clinical and research literature focused on dissociation. As she notes a “sea change in psychoanalysis,” she draws a metaphoric connection to Miranda the heroine in The Tempest, whose name means “see.” (p. 11). Notably, this author’s clear, lucid vision directs us to the centrality of dissociation in understanding the internal workings of the mind. Two different models of dissociation have been offered throughout the decades. They include: (1) a continuum from adaptive normative dissociation to the extremes of pathological dissociation and (2) a taxon model that views dissociation as classified by symptoms and categorized as dissociative disorders (p. 21). Recent groundbreaking research in neurobiology alerts us to the inevitable problems involved with splitting mind-body responses following...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Smith College School for Social WorkNorthamptonUSA

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