Some observations on the evolution of the concept of trauma
(Algunas observaciones sobre la evolución del concepto de trauma)
By Elena Levy Yeyati
Translated by Andrea Banega
This work reviews specialized literature on some theories and prejudices, both historical and current, about trauma. These may appear to be linked to Freud’s early theory on trauma. We claim, however, that such relationship is paradoxical and even nonexistent in some cases. The psychoanalytic view disagrees with some of today’s theorists on trauma. In order to explain these differences, at least two factors -one conceptual and the other one political in nature- need to be taken into consideration. These differences go beyond the academic area, as they also have an effect on institutional practices.