Trauma and Human Existence effectively interweaves two themes central to emotional trauma - the first pertains to the contextuality of emotional life in general, and of the experience of emotional trauma in particular, and the second pertains to the recognition that the possibility of emotional trauma is built into the basic constitution of human existence.

This volume traces how both themes interconnect, largely as they crystallize in the author’s personal experience of traumatic loss. As discussed in the book's final chapter, whether or not this constitutive possibility will be brought lastingly into the foreground of our experiential world depends on the relational contexts in which we live.

Taken as a whole, Trauma and Human Existence exhibits the unity of the deeply personal, the theoretical, and the philosophical in the understanding of emotional trauma and the place it occupies in human existence.

The Contextuality of Emotional Life. The Contextuality of Emotional Trauma. The Phenomenology of Trauma and the Absolutisms of Everyday Life. Trauma and Temporality. Trauma and the "Ontological Unconscious." Anxiety, Authenticity, and Trauma. Conclusions: Siblings in the Same Darkness.