Pierre Janet’s Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress

  • Onno Van Der Hart
  • Paul Brown
  • Bessel A. Van Der Kolk
Part of the The Springer Series on Stress and Coping book series (SSSO)


Pierre Janet was probably the first psychologist to formulate a systematic therapeutic approach to post-traumatic psychopathology and to recognize that treatment needs to be adapted to the different stages of the evolution of post-traumatic stress reactions. Starting in the early 1880s, Janet developed an eclectic treatment approach based on his clinical experience with many severely traumatized patients with either hysterical (dissociative) or psychasthenic (obsessive-compulsive) post-traumatic features. Our review of Janet’s psychotherapy of post-traumatic syndromes covers publications written over a period of 50 years (Janet, 1886, 1889, 1898a, b, 1903, 1904, 1911, 1919/1976, 1923/1925, 1932, 1935). Throughout this chapter, however, we shall refer mainly to his magnum opus on psychotherapy, Psychological Healing (PH) (Janet, 1919/1976).


Traumatic Event Personality State Traumatic Memory Psychological Tension Mental Energy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Onno Van Der Hart
    • 1
    • 2
  • Paul Brown
    • 3
  • Bessel A. Van Der Kolk
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Clinical and Health PsychologyUniversity of UtrechtUtrechtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Dissociation TeamRegional Institute for Ambulatory Mental Health CareAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Northpark Hospital CentreBundooraMelbourneAustralia
  4. 4.Trauma Clinic, Massachusetts General HospitalHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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