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Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma - The Innate Capacity to Transform Overwhelming Experiences

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2009

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    Life changing

    This book is about a new type of 'therapy' unlike traditional talk therapies that has the potential to completely transform one's life. It not only gives a wonderful synopsis of how our brains work, from the animal brain to the human brain, but it shows beautifully how the natural pathway to resolving stress and trauma is short circuited in coordinating these two brains. The outcome is post traumatic stress in many areas of life that most of us are unaware that we have. This book explains how this therapy works and why. Since reading this book, along with a book about EMDR (self titled), I experienced this therapy and have found relief in areas of stress that have haunted me for decades. More importantly, my adopted daughter, now 13 years old and born drug exposed with multiple emotional problems, is finding herself now able to move forward in her ability to think, handle problems she encounters, and deal with everyday issues that were difficult with a new found peace that none of us knew was even possible for her. I recommend this book to everyone, not just those who have experienced trauma, because we all interpret trauma differently and what is minor for one person may make a major difference for another. If someone who has experienced PTSD from rape or war can benefit from this book, there are multiple examples of these in the book, imagine how this might work for more ordinary trauma that takes place for all of us constantly.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2003

    A redeeming message for trauma survivors

    As a psychiatrist and author of ¿Lost in the Mirror: an Inside Look at Borderline Personality Disorder,¿ I have dealt with many kinds of trauma and am always interested in new approaches to this difficult area. I found ¿Waking the Tiger¿ an engrossing approach to the problem of how trauma creates damaging and often enduring symptoms. Dr. Levine¿s concept of the ¿freeze response¿ in the face of overwhelming threat provides a missing link to symptoms such as dissociation that our old ideas of ¿fight or flight¿ fail to explain. Even more important to trauma survivors and their therapists is the redeeming message that immobilization in the face of threat is an automatic biological response that is not voluntarily chosen by the victim. This was vividly portrayed in an episode of the TV series ¿Cagney and Lacey¿ in which Cagney, a tough and well-trained police officer, becomes the victim of a rape and later struggles with the helplessness she experienced while it was occurring. The January 2003 issue of Clinical Psychiatry News reported that an overwhelming majority of victims of sexual assault describe a moderate or high level of paralysis occurring during the assault, consistent with Dr. Levine¿s observations. The ¿freeze response¿ is also addressed in an article on fear in the March 2003 issue of Discover magazine. Dr. Levine also provides an astute portrayal of the nature of memory by acknowledging that memories are not literal recordings of events but a complex of images that are influenced by arousal, emotional context, and prior experience. Like a painting, memories may even transform over time as new experiences add layers of meaning to the images. While remembering the past can be an important aspect of therapy, appreciating the subjective quality of memories is crucial to integrating them appropriately into the healing process.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2006

    This book gave me new hope

    A practical guide to understanding how trauma reactions occur on a physiological as well as psychological level and how human beings tend to get 'stuck' in them. This book not only offers extremely simple yet profound insights into the dynamic of trauma, but also provides practical methods for dealing with trauma through the physical release of trapped energy. I would highly recommed this book to anyone, whether you feel that you have suffered trauma or not. Even if you haven't, chances are you know someone who has. This book also offers a deeper understanding of this issue to the loved ones of trauma survivors. I thought that the remnants of trauma would control my life forever...thanks to this book, I now know that I can break free. GREAT BOOK!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2009

    Thank you, authors

    Terrific layman's book to understand the workings of trauma in the human body and brain.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2009

    Simply a great book.

    An incredibly clear explanation of what trauma is, how it affects people and what can be done about it. Highly recommended for anyone dealing with the effects of trauma or if someone you know is.

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