Accepting Vulnerability

Ruthann Knechel Johansen

in Listening in the Silence, Seeing in the Dark

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2002 | ISBN: 9780520231146
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927766 | DOI:
Accepting Vulnerability

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The chapter provides an overview of the behavioral actions of society and family members toward patients with traumatic brain injuries that help them to resume their normal lives. All who are touched by brain injury require opening space for new ways of putting the self and its social relations together again. The consequences of traumatic brain injuries are not confined to the injured individual, despite the fact that the medical, rehabilitation, and educational institutions focus their interventions on the injured individual and usually encourage family members to leave the care of their loved one to the professionals. The family itself is pulled into the open, unmarked space that traumatic brain injury has created, and then must adapt to the needs of their beloved and adjust their own personal and professional lives to accommodate those needs financially, emotionally, and physically. Siblings, children, and parents often struggle with guilt for not having to deal with the deficits of injury themselves and thus find it harder to carry out their own goals or aspirations.

Keywords: social relations; poetic language; environmental factors; rehabilitative care; medical technologies; rehabilitation strategy

Chapter.  10197 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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