Psychic Wounds of Political Violence

  • Timothy James Bowyer


This chapter looks at how people deal with the psychological wounds and symptoms from the political violence. The study found that people have outlived their beliefs, their relationship with themselves, with their ideals and with their memory. By overwhelming their capacity to resist the political violence has opened the door to the internal world of the victim and installed itself in their minds. In this way the abuse that was performed externally has been transformed into an internal abuse and come to acquire dominion over the entire person. These are circumstances in which anyone overwhelmed by brute force has to confront and somehow find an appropriate outlet if these experiences are to be emotionally worked through. However, people are disinclined to take responsibility for the psychological damage inflicted on them because feelings of impotence and helplessness overwhelm their motivation to act in relation to a past injustice.


Psychology Trauma Wounds Victims Survival Force Testimony Stress Support Isolation Disassociation Memory Helplessness 


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