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The meaning of place and psycho-cultural border zones: reflections on migration, trauma, shame, legitimacy and identity.

Amanda G. Dowd

An immigrant is defined as someone who has moved or been moved from one familiar place to an unfamiliar place, but to be an immigrant, rather than to simply intellectually know it, “one must inhabit mental and emotional states that are not easy to endure....The nature of [this] pain...permits no easy definition. Although linked to feelings of loss, it is not what could be called depression, nor is it, strictly speaking, anxiety, though it does include some elements of anguish.

Recorded at the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS)
27 November 2012, New South Wales, Australia.
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Amanda G. Dowd

Amanda Dowd is a Jungian Analyst and psychoanalytic psychotherapist who trained in Australia and is a member of the Australia and New Zealand Society of Jungian Analysts (ANZSJA) and the International Association of Analytical Psychology (IAAP). She has a private practice comprising people from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities located in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, where she has worked for almost twenty years. Amanda is a British-born migrant to Australia who spent her adolescent and university years in Christchurch, New Zealand. She has a background in ecology, ancient history and religious studies.

Her theoretical orientation is developmental and relational, and her particular interests are trauma and the formation of mind, self, identity and cultural identity, and especially the relationship between self and place, and what happens in the interface between person and culture. She has lectured and published widely on these themes both at home and internationally, most recently in St Petersberg, Russia. Her book, ‘Placing Psyche: Exploring Cultural Complexes in Australia’, co-edited with Dr Craig San Roque and Dr David Tacey, was published earlier this year.

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