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Understanding Dunblane and Other Massacres
Author: Peter Aylward

ISBN: 9781780490946
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 16 September 2012
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 14.7 x 1.8
Description:
This book predominantly explores the psychic histories of patients who display their transgenerational conflicts/trauma through forensic acts. It establishes the need to consider the details of patient history in understanding the patient within both the therapeutic encounter and the treatment team milieu. There are many themes of contemporary interest including gang murders, sibling jealousy, fatal eating disorder, personality disorder, and the effects of exclusion and marginalization within group and community dynamics and the global prevalence of mass murder. Peter Aylward describes the collapse into dyadic thinking and enactment that prevails when the third perspective, classically represented by the father within the Oedipal dynamic, is excluded or absent. Providing detailed case studies he shows how seemingly meaningless explosions of violence or perversion are attempts to master early experiences of trauma and/or exclusion, often passed down unconsciously through the generations. Using the theories of Matte Blanco and notions of the "critical date" the chapters give unique insight into the timing and triggers of crimes, however appa...

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