Splintered Reflections: Images of the Body in Trauma

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ture, "Intuitively, I knew it [the tree trunk] was 'the body' because it has roots. Because it is solid, it can't change, so I couldn't be the tree [trunk]. None of us could -- only 'the body.' The alters have to be the leaves because they are changeable. . . . I don't think my body holds much of a physical image -- and that tree could change -- a lot ( Cohen and Cox 1988).


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This similar behavior is observed in seemingly dissimilar individuals: a profoundly retarded, mute male with a seizure disorder and chronic direct, moderatelethality self-harm; a teenage male in his first psychotic break, with one episode of low-lethality self-mutilation; and a high functioning female chronic self-injurer with several Axis II diagnoses.
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Anzieu alludes to an extraordinary form of contamination of self by briefly mentioning the "poisoned tunic" skin ego ( 1989, 62). The possibility that one could become psychologically allergic to oneself is an intriguing rationale for the development of multiple dissociated identities by the severely traumatized child. The first author (B.M.C.) has found that teaching the concepts of skin ego and the poisoned tunic helps clients in the middle stage of treatment to better understand the possible origin of their disregard for and antipathy toward their bodies.

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