Clinical Social Work Journal

, Volume 41, Issue 1, pp 5–10

Blues and Emotional Trauma

Authors

    • Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis
  • Benjamin A. Stolorow
    • The Jazzschool
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10615-011-0351-4

Cite this article as:
Stolorow, R.D. & Stolorow, B.A. Clin Soc Work J (2013) 41: 5. doi:10.1007/s10615-011-0351-4

Abstract

The process of bringing the visceral, bodily aspect of emotional experience into language plays a vital role in the working through of painful emotional states. Such visceral-linguistic unities are achieved in a dialogue of emotional understanding, and it is in such dialogue that experiences of emotional trauma can be held and transformed into endurable and namable painful feelings. The blues is a wonderful example of such dialogue. In the unifying experience of the blues, songwriter, performers, and listeners are joined in a visceral-linguistic conversation in which universally traumatizing aspects of human existence can be communally held and borne.

Keywords

BluesEmotional traumaEmotional understandingExistential vulnerabilitySlavery

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