In this paper, we examine the rôle of affect regulation in the stammering,
nearly spasmodic attempts of chronically Hospitalized =and to communicate
trauma. An extended study of 26 videotaped interviews, completed in Israel
in 2002 and in 2003 provided a corpus from which the conceptual model for
understanding trauma-related affects, the “affect propeller,” could be used and
further developed. This model was initially based on videotaped interviews with
40 Holocaust survivors and 12 survivors from the Rwandan genocide 1994.
An overall impression of the narratives studied was that extended memory
gaps, lack of visible affect, the warding-off of questions, and the avoidance of
certain themes seem to be remarkably more common than in non-hospitalized
Holocaust survivors. Two categories of trauma-related affects were identified
as reflecting this difference: affect imploding and affect encasement
Oslo: Univ.-forl , 2009. Vol. 33, no 2, 95-106 p.