Volume 14 · Number 2 · Pages 218–221
Multiple First-Person Perspectives in PTSD

Ellert R. S. Nijenhuis

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Open peer commentary on the article “Applying the Neurophenomenological Approach to the Study of Trauma: Theory and Practice Yochai Ataria, Mooli Lahad & Omer Horovitz The Study of Trauma” by Yochai Ataria, Mooli Lahad & Omer Horovitz. Abstract: Ataria, Lahad and Horowitz propose that a neurophenomenological study of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) may inspire efficacious treatment interventions. Their proposal is promising but overlooks that patients with PTSD enact and reenact more than one phenomenal self, lifeworld, and coupling of this self and this world. An integrated phenomenological, neurophysiological, physiological, environmental and historical analysis of PTSD must take this multiplicity into account.

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Nijenhuis E. R. S. (2019) Multiple first-person perspectives in ptsd. Constructivist Foundations 14(2): 218–221. https://constructivist.info/14/2/218

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