9 "Something Wicked This Way Comes":

Where Psychoanalysis, Cognitive Science, and Neuroscience Overlap1

In September 2001, while I was making some preliminary notes for this chapter on trauma, dissociation, and conflict, the attack on the World Trade Center took place. I put the writing aside for a while, and when I came back to it I realized I had to make a difficult choice. There was no way I could discuss the impact on my mind and my life of the September 11th attack, and the events that followed, without changing the focus of this chapter, which I did not want to do. And simply to allude to the events seemed a preposterous trivialization of the horror.

Even now, as I look back, I find I am not ready in a personal way to write about what happened ...

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