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Book Title: Healing Trauma: A Pioneering Program for Restoring the Wisdom of Your Body|
The author of the book: Peter A. Levine
Date of issue: October 19th 2010
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ISBN 13: 9781427099662
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You have to be cautious when approaching a significantly alternative philosophy: some can be pretty far out, and even detrimental. An open mind is a good thing, as long as you take care about what you’re letting in! I had all my radar on for this book, which begins with a quote from the Gnostic Gospels and the four noble truths of Buddha:
Suffering is part of being human
Find out why you suffer
Suffering can be transformed and healed
After finding the cause of suffering, you must find the right path (assuming that the suffering is caused from the wrong path?)
Nonetheless, Levine’s principles are sound, if surprising at times, and I have a lot of good takeaway from this book. The first half builds a foundation for understanding the affects of trauma, which author defines as: “debilitating symptoms many people suffer from after perceived life-threatening or overwhelming experiences.” He notes that all trauma is stressful, but not all stress is traumatic – you have to perceive a significant threat to your well-being. Thus, trauma is subjective – especially for children, who can be traumatized by seemingly common everyday events or a series of minor mishaps.
He bases his treatment on the theory that trauma causes a loss of connection to ourselves, as we attempt to detach from overwhelming feelings and to others, as we feel alienated due to our unique experiences or avoid certain people or circumstances that might trigger traumatic memories.
Levine heavily relies on the animal kingdom as both the illustration and the justification of his theories, because while animals are often threatened, they are seldom traumatized. When animals and humans feel threatened, our bodies generate a lot of energy and adrenaline to help us deal with the threat. I was familiar with this as the “fight or flight” response, though Levine adds a third option: “freeze” which is the ability to go numb or even play dead when neither fight or flight seem feasible.
The main difference between us and animals is that they are able to discharge that energy once they get the "all clear" signal from their brain - they quite literally “shake it off.” As humans, we either don’t know how to go back to normalcy once we reach safety, or we brace ourselves against the intensity of our own response, stifling the release we need.
This lack of discharge can leave us with ongoing mental and physical effects, including dissociation, hypervigilance, flashbacks, anxiety, phobias, diminished emotional responses, inability to commit, chronic fatigue, and more. If the trauma is never addressed, victims can experience a compulsion to repeat the initial trauma through putting themselves accidentally or consciously in the same scenario again and again. Alternately, trauma survivors will begin to avoid any situations that might remind them of the past, becoming more and more isolated.
Levine’s case was compelling, and I was very interested to proceed to the second part of the book, which details a series of exercises to help you reestablish your bodies natural responses to trauma. It was this second section that really stretched my mind – in fact, I just about put the book away when I read about talking to my hand (literally). However, I can’t deny that I would like to experience more connectedness and freedom in my life, so I pressed on. I found that once you take the exercises as a whole, they start to make a sensible pattern. The book comes with a CD to walk through the exercises.
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Read information about the authorPeter A.Levine, Ph.D. is the originator and developer of Somatic Experiencing® and the Director of The Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute. He holds doctorate degrees in Medical Biophysics and in Psychology. During his thirty five-year study of stress and trauma, Dr. Levine has contributed to a variety of scientific and popular publications.
Dr. Levine was a stress consultant for NASA during the development of the Space Shuttle, and has taught at treatment centers, hospitals and pain clinics throughout the world, as well as at the Hopi Guidance Center in Arizona. Peter served on the World, Psychologists for Social Responsibility, presidents’ initiative on responding to large scale disasters and ethno-political warfare. His best selling book, Waking the Tiger; Healing Trauma, is published in 20 languages.
Peter A. Levine received his Ph.D. in medical biophysics from the University of California at Berkeley, and also holds a doctorate in psychology from International University. He has worked in the field of stress and trauma for over 40 years and is the developer of “Somatic Experiencing.”
He teaches trainings in this work throughout the world. He has taught at various indigenous cultures including the Hopi Guidance center in Second Mesa Arizona. Peter has been stress consultant for NASA in the development of the first Space Shuttle. He was a member of the Institute of World Affairs Task Force with “Psychologists for Social Responsibility” and served on the APA initiative for response to large scale disaster and Ethno-political warfare. He is on the ‘distinguished faculty’ of Santa Barbara Graduate Institute.
Peter is the author of the best selling book “Waking the Tiger - Healing Trauma,” (published in twenty languages) as well as four audio learning series for Sounds True including the book CD, “Healing Trauma, a Pioneering Program in Restoring the Wisdom of Our Bodies;” and Sexual Healing, Transforming the Sacred Wound.” He is the co-author of “Trauma through a Child’s Eyes, Awakening the Ordinary Miracle of Healing.” And “Trauma-Proofing Your Kids, A Parents Guide for Instilling Confidence, Joy and Resilience.” Most recently, he has published “In An Unspoken Voice, How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness.”
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