The Invisible Wound

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Adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse suffer from a deep and invisible wound. Left untreated, they will carry emotional and physical scars that last a lifetime.

Unique in its focus on healing physical-energy blockages and body memories, The Invisible Wound also offers an exception tool for recovery, The Healing Journal, which includes dozens of techniques for self-exploration, memory recall, and healing.

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Overview

Adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse suffer from a deep and invisible wound. Left untreated, they will carry emotional and physical scars that last a lifetime.

Unique in its focus on healing physical-energy blockages and body memories, The Invisible Wound also offers an exception tool for recovery, The Healing Journal, which includes dozens of techniques for self-exploration, memory recall, and healing.

Clearly outlining the stages of recovery also offers readers much needed reassurance that the pain of the process does end and that they can find hope, peace, empowerment, and a new sense of control over their future.

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John Bradshaw
A work of great integrity from one of the most highly respected clinicians in the adult child movement.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595167791
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse
  • Publication date: 12/1/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xv
Introduction xvii
Part 1 The Wounded Heart
1 What Is Child Sexual Abuse? 3
"Not Guilty" 4
Myths and Realities 8
Who Commits Child Sexual Abuse? 9
Family Members 10
Kate's Story
John's Story
Gloria's Story
Acquaintances 16
Carol's Story
Jean's Story
Strangers 19
Don's Story
The Accomplice 21
2 Categories of Child Sexual Abuse 23
This is a memory-jogging chapter for adult survivors
Brenda's Story
Physical Sexual Abuse 25
Common Physical Sexual Abuses 25
Violent Physical Sexual Abuse 29
Brad's Story
Seductive Physical Sexual Abuse 34
Paula's Story
Emotional Sexual Abuse 38
Violent Emotional Sexual Abuse 39
Carla's Story
Seductive Emotional Sexual Abuse 40
Combined Physical and Emotional Sexual Abuse 42
3 Living with Secrets: The Effects of Childhood Sexual Trauma 43
Alan's Story
The Traumatization Process 44
The Child 45
Sexual Trauma 46
Shock State 46
Inability to Resolve the Trauma 47
The Core Defenses 48
Survival Living 54
The Tensions of Survival Living 54
Secondary Consequences 56
Part 2 Healing and Recovery
4 Recovery: An Unfolding Process 75
The Three Stages of Recovery 75
Stage 1 Discovery 77
Stage 2 Active Healing 79
Stage 3 Integration 80
Laura's Story
The Whole Person 84
Windows to the Past 84
The Body 85
The Emotions 86
The Mind 88
The Spirit 90
5 The Experience of Healing 92
The Healing Cycle 92
1. Exposing the Wound 93
2. Reexperiencing the Trauma 95
3. Externalizing the Pain 95
4. Healing the Wound 96
Jenny's Story
Working with Healing Cycles 102
6 Healing Your Inner Child 104
The Wounded Child 104
The Magical Child 107
Finding Your Inner Child 110
"The Gift of the Star" 110
Parenting Your Inner Child 113
7 Healing Energy 116
Releasing the Energy of Held Pain 117
Healing Energy Meditations 125
Earth Healing
Women's Meditation 126
Men's Meditation 128
"The Blue Sphere" 130
Directing Healing Energy to Other Parts of Your Body 132
"The Energy Chalice" 133
Healing Touch 134
Healing Touch and Your Boundaries 134
Healing Touch and Energy in a Group Setting 136
A Healing Circle 138
8 A Safe Place 139
Finding a Therapist 140
Some suggestions for interviewing and choosing someone who can guide you through recovery
Treatment Options 144
Individual Therapy 144
Group Therapy 145
Treatment Programs 145
Treatment Intensives 146
Psychiatric Drugs 147
Support Groups 148
Your Sexual Relationship 148
Parenting 151
Your Family of Origin 154
Confrontation 155
Your Family of Choice 157
"The Temple of the Heart" 158
Part 3 The Healing Journal: Writing your way to wholeness
9 Keeping a Healing Journal 163
Setting Up the Journal 166
10 Daily Expressions 168
A log of your day-to-day experience in recovery
11 Family History 170
The Family Tree 170
Family Environment 173
12 Family Members 175
Letter Writing 178
Dialoguing 179
13 Personal History 182
Milestones 183
Your Sexual History 186
Writing About the Sexual Abuse Incidents 187
14 My Body 191
Dialoguing with Your Body 192
Creative Coloring and Artwork 195
15 Self-discovery 197
Self-description 197
Through the Eyes of Others... 199
Feelings Responses 199
Feelings Statements 201
16 Welcoming the Inner Child 205
Letter Writing 206
Dialoguing with the Inner Child 208
17 Dreams 212
18 The Abuser(s) 216
Letter Writing 217
19 Affirmations for Healing 219
Creating and Using Affirmations 220
20 Spiritual Reflections 223
Letter Writing 224
Spiritual Exploration 224
Forgiveness 225
21 Integration 227
Experiencing Healing and Moving On
22 Some Questions and Thoughts 231
In Closing... 237
Bibliography and Resources 238
Index 247
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