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Take-charge strategies to heal your body and brain from stress and trauma.
Understanding how our brains and bodies actually work is a powerful tool in mitigating the anxiety generated by unpleasant physical and emotional symptoms that we all may experience from time to time. Here, Robert Scaer unravels the complexities of the brain-body connection, equipping all those who are in distress with a plausible explanation for how they feel.
Making the science accessible, he outlines the core neurobiological concepts underlying the brain-body interface and explains why physical and emotional symptoms of stress and trauma occur. He explains why “feelings” represent physical sensations that inform us about the nature of our brain-body conflicts. He also offers practical, easy-to-implement strategies for strengthening motor skills, learning to listen to our gut to gauge our feelings, attuning to the present, and restoring personal boundaries to relieve symptoms and navigate a path to recovery.
Foreword Babette Rothschild vii
Introduction: Your Amazing Brain, Your Resourceful Body 1
Part I Brain-Body Basics: How We Feel and How we Move
Key 1 Brain and Body Message Systems 9
Key 2 Organizing Sensations and Movement 26
Part II How Our "Unconscious" Brain Runs the Show
Key 3 The Autonomic Nervous System 39
Key 4 The Emotional Brain 55
Part III How Experience Changes our Brain, for Better or For Worse
Key 5 The Plastic, Changing Brain 77
Key 6 The Brain in Stress and Trauma 93
Key 7 The Body in Stress and Trauma 110
Part IV How we Can Repair Our Brain
Key 8 Healing Your Wounded Brain and Body 133
Recommended Reading 153