Equally, such experiences can become powerful sources of motivation for some individuals, indicating that trauma can have positive effects on those who survive the ordeal; it need not necessarily result in an enduring sense of demoralization or having been damaged. The role of the memory of traumatic experiences as a source of motivation and a determinant of human behavior is an issue that is one of the major preoccupations of literature and art. 

 

—Bessel A. van der Kolk, Traumatic Stress, 

The Effects of Overwhelming Experience on Mind, Body, and Society, 

page 164 Impact on Beliefs and Attitudes 

 

 

This book is dedicated to Nelson Mandela and all those who, after having been hurt work on transforming the trauma of others, rather than seeking oblivion or revenge.

 

—Bessel A. van der Kolk, Traumatic Stress, The Effects of Overwhelming Experience on Mind, Body, and Society

Furthermore, the prospective investigation of various populations identifies PTSD as only one of the outcomes following traumatic events. Major depressive disorder and substance abuse are particular morbidities commonly arising as an outcome of exposure to traumatic events. 

—Bessel A. van der Kolk, Traumatic Stress, The Effects of Overwhelming Experience on Mind, Body, and Society

 

The past has show how fragile existing knowledge can be, and how psychiatry is prone to become trapped in prevailing paradigms without being able to see their shortcomings. The unknown is the worst enemy of knowledge. This book is a body of work to be criticized and reacted against; only a critical reading will help us further define what we do not know, and determine the scope of future explorations. 

 

—Bessel A. van der Kolk, Traumatic Stress, The Effects of Overwhelming Experience on Mind, Body, and Society
 



 


 

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