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Healing the Wounds: Overcoming the Trauma of Layoffs and Revitalizing Downsized Organizations by David M. Noer

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3.3. Lifton's Model of Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Survivors

An illuminating way of viewing the universality of survivorship is through the symbolic lenses of psychiatry. Robert Lifton's analysis of Hiroshima atomic bomb survivors created a model that can be applied to all survivor situations. The left-hand column of the list shows the themes Lifton found in the survivors of Hiroshima as these themes are manifested in both Hiroshima and death camp survivors. The right-hand column shows my interpretation of these themes in layoff survivors:

Hiroshima and Death Camp SurvivorsLayoff Survivors
Death imprintDeath imprint
The bombingThe layoffs
Symbolic reactivationSymbolic reactivation
News reports of atomic deathsNews reports of mergers, layoffs, and acquisitions ...

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