JONATHAN SHAY ACHILLES IN VIETNAM PDF

Dec 11, James rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Adolescents and adults Shelves: culture-and-politics , military , psychology , reference , literature , poetry , philosophy A powerful study of the impact of PTSD on the human personality, using the Iliad and other classic literary portraits of traumatized warriors to illustrate the timelessness of this problem with special emphasis on the reasons that the Vietnam war was a more shattering experience for many veterans than other wars have been. Jun 18, David Litwack rated it it was amazing The definitive work on Vietnam era post traumatic stress. The Author compares the way warriors soldiers dealt with the hardship of war in Vietnam and in the Trojan war, based on the Odyssey. The book is filled with moving vignettes, dialog from the Odyssey compared with actual discussions between Vietnam vets and the author. It helped me see the "human" side of the hero birthed by a nymph.

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Jonathan Shay is a psychiatrist who specializes in treating the psychic wounds of war. He is also the author of two books, "Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character" and " Odysseus in America: Combat Trauma and the Trials of Homecoming ," which examine the experiences of combat veterans through the lens of classical texts. Over 20 years ago, Dr. Shay, then a medical researcher studying the biochemistry of brain-cell death, suffered a stroke.

During his recovery, he moved from research into clinical work, taking a temporary job substituting for a vacationing psychiatrist at a Department of Veteran Affairs clinic in Boston. When that doctor died, Dr. Shay stayed on, challenged and inspired by the terrible psychological injuries of the combat veterans. During his stroke recovery, Dr. Shay also began, as he put it, to fill in the gaps in his education by reading the classics: "The Iliad," "The Odyssey," and "The Aeneid.

Image Dr. Jonathan ShayCredit For this series, Deborah Sontag spoke with Dr. What others view as a mental disorder — post-traumatic stress disorder, that is — Dr. Shay prefers to see as a psychological injury of war. Initially, when a service member returns from war, he or she often retain the behaviors that they adopted for their own survival while in a combat zone, he says.

Shay has written about the connection between criminal behavior and combat trauma. He refers to the problem as "staying in combat mode. If this kind of behavior is common, should the courts consider combat service when a veteran has been charged with criminal activity? Shay has become an advocate for preventing psychological war injuries as much as possible through a variety of methods. For example, he believes that soldiers should be deployed together, rather than trickling in and out of combat zones individually as was the practice during the Vietnam War.

A sense of community and stability are key, he says, in preventing further damage.

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Achilles in Vietnam

Jonathan Shay is a psychiatrist who specializes in treating the psychic wounds of war. He is also the author of two books, "Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character" and " Odysseus in America: Combat Trauma and the Trials of Homecoming ," which examine the experiences of combat veterans through the lens of classical texts. Over 20 years ago, Dr. Shay, then a medical researcher studying the biochemistry of brain-cell death, suffered a stroke. During his recovery, he moved from research into clinical work, taking a temporary job substituting for a vacationing psychiatrist at a Department of Veteran Affairs clinic in Boston. When that doctor died, Dr. Shay stayed on, challenged and inspired by the terrible psychological injuries of the combat veterans.

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Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character

In this moving, dazzlingly creative book, Dr. Judith Lewis Herman, Harvard Trauma Conference We begin in the moral world of the soldier -- what his culture understands to be right -- and betrayal of that moral order by a commander. This is how Homer opens the Iliad. I shall describe some of the many violations of what American soldiers understood to be right by holders of responsibility and trust. There was a bay there Now, they saw boats come in.

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Therefore, because we won all our battles, our victory was some-how stolen. Nonetheless, he still feels deeply dishonored by the circumstances of its official award for killing unarmed civilians on an intelligence error. This was another one of those required readings, for a course on writing, but the subject was Troy to Vietnam. The officers of World War II had a different culture, which focused on the substance of their work rather than shy the institutional definition and status of their jobs, as in Vietnam. Light edge and corner wear. In that process I have become convinced that it is the deconstruction of the sense of self that leads to the damage of the soul so evident with Vietnam and I have no doubt Afghanistan and Iraq veterans and this book confirms that view. A lot of medals came down from it.

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