Hide and Play Dead: From Memoir to Real-Time Healing

Hide and Play Dead: From Memoir to Real-Time Healing

by Michael Holloway King MD


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781544264431
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Pages: 382
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author


Michael Holloway King, M.D.

Michael King, MD, is a graduate of The Phillips Exeter Academy, Harvard College, and Harvard Medical School, and he has had over four decades of experience in both healthcare and communication skills. He has a long-standing love for the social and political sciences- especially bio-personality, consciousness, and neuropsychiatry. His vast cross-cultural work and international health experience prepared him to explore a global spectrum of human nature.

Dr. King specialized in mind-body psychotherapy in an alternative medicine practice spanning thirty years; he has also worked in virtually all aspects of conventional medicine.

He is currently an activist pioneer in social engineering, and the first physician to address the core emotion of shame and the effects of social oppression- to pinpoint their physical roots and invent treatment programs to resist them.

"It is time for the healer to emerge from behind the walls of clinical medicine and tackle the social milieu where illness is perpetuated. It is time for a new and revolutionary branch of medicine to take a stand against the primary source of human suffering in the world today."

Dr. King is an expert in writing technology, listening skills, and public speaking, so writing a multi-genre, memoir-driven novel, "Hide and Play Dead," came as naturally as his self-help format and literary activism in "Overcoming Oppression: Your Guide for a Journey to a New Life."

In addition to these two original, major works, the Freedom from Social Oppression book series now includes four anthologies, devoted sequentially to the topics of the creation of a unique racial, sexual, adult, and spiritual identity. Workbooks and professional guidebooks are forthcoming.

Michael currently has a private practice in psychotherapy and brain biotechnologies in the Palm Springs area of California, where he specializes in exciting new concepts for the field of medicine: shame desensitization, abuse recognition, trauma therapy, and anti-oppression training.

His treatment process is based on high-empathy, high-rapport, client-centered approaches, along with cognitive-behavioral and somatic therapies, and the development and clinical application of several emerging neuroscience technologies.

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Hide and Play Dead: From Memoir to Real-Time Healing 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
SherriWarner More than 1 year ago
I knew by the 20% mark that I would really love this book and it would go on my “favorites” shelf, and I was right! I admit I had no real expectations when starting it, seeing as how I’d never read the author before and often times when I read memoirs from non-celebrities, well, unfortunately they are boring…for lack of a better word. But I was totally hooked and riveted by so many of the scenes in this book that I literally read the whole thing in a single week…. Which is rare for me (I have little free time to read these days). And although this is a memoir, it is also so much more, because it doesn’t just focus on the author’s life, but of so many other elements almost on an existential, and intellectual level that can help others as well. I was so immersed in this book and impressed with the level of detailing on almost every single aspect – we really feel like we are experiencing life with Michael (for better or worse) and hearing his stories of his struggles through the years – from racism, to emotional abuse, and oppression, emotional insecurities and evil people who take advantage -- that just completely engulfed me. Normally I get bored reading books that are told in narrative form (with little to no dialogue) but not here… A lesser author would have glossed over some of these scenes that King carefully and masterfully brought to life in such a profound and touching way. There are some sad scenes here that are perhaps upsetting, but it is mighty good book and definitely worth a read. Oh, and great editing too (something I notice and appreciate!). Loved the pictures throughout I thought was a nice personal touch. It wraps up well (on a great note!) but leaves room for more in the future. Recommend for fans of memoirs/ nonfiction.
ClaireBear74 More than 1 year ago
wow. Just… wow. “Hide and Play Dead” by Dr. Michael H. King is an emotionally touching and well-crafted personal memoir/autobiography that covers so many topics, and over the span of many years. I almost feel like I just read 5 books instead of just 1! I’ve never read anything like it before and I was mesmerized by his amazing journey, from childhood, through adulthood and present-day. I was drawn in from the very beginning and was completely hooked the whole way through, which says a lot considering the epic length of the book. At first I thought it might be too sad/intense/uncomfortable for me to actually be able to enjoy it, because this isn’t exactly what you would think of as being a ‘happy’ or ‘fun’ book….. but it was the profound flawed and troubled humanity, the realness, and then the positive message of finding love and finding strength and hope despite the darkest, worst circumstances that permeated his life and the toxic relationships he endured with men and women. This book kept me reading late into the evening on more than one occasion, and here is a lot of life and drama in these pages— dr. Michael H. King is such a great storyteller, it’s like a friend or family member is talking and we just want to keep listening. It is told all in mostly narrative prose, which is nicely-written and very well-edited. I enjoyed every page… even the ‘harsher’ ones. A very inspiring tale of courage and overcoming one’s past to creating a better life. Absolutely recommend.
JGoldmanJG More than 1 year ago
how to describe “Hide and Play Dead”, other than say it is by far one of the most engaging, emotionally moving, and enlightening books I’ve read in a long time! I have already loaned it to my mother to read, (it is right up her alley…) The author Michael Holloway King writes a true story about his childhood/early adult/ present years that can rival the most dramatic and scandalous and shocking fiction novel…He takes us into his intense and problematic world right from the opening pages (which sets the tone for the rest of this dramatic, provocative book), and skillfully narrates a wide-ranging storyline full of complex and deeply emotional issues. In my opinion it really is his openness and candidness and his ability to own up to his life mistakes and be real about his situation and some choices – some good, some not so much--- his humility and strength makes us really pull for him throughout his personal and professional struggles. As much as I hate to admit it – sometimes reading about someone who has endured or suffered more than you helps to put your own life in a different perspective, and see that if he can survive it all… and come out better… there is hope for others as well. A memorable read and a keeper for sure. Recommend for fans of spiritual, and intelligent and dramatic memoirs, but there is a lot of ‘edgy’ topics covered. The author is gay, and rites of relationships with men, but it’s not the sole focus and isn’t pigeonholed into the ‘gay’ genre of literature. It is a transcendent story that many people will relate to and learn from, gay, straight, or in between. He says this is the first of a series, and I’m curious to see what the next chapter has in store for us next.