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Journal of Poetry Therapy

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 177–184 | Cite as

A Layoff Story: Trauma, Prevention, and Poetry

  • Owen E. Heninger
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Abstract

This is a personal story about the emotional consequence of being laid off. It is highlighted and expanded by the poetry I wrote as my layoff approached, occured and faded away. These poems state the problems I encountered and suggested solutions to these problems. When the solutions were acted upon they led me to healing, seasoning and personal growth. The reader is invited to witness the effects of layoff and benefit from the prophylactic value of the poetry.

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Personal Growth Emotional Consequence Personal Story 
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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Owen E. Heninger
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  1. 1.Long Beach Mental Health ServicesLong Beach

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