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

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North Atlantic Books, 1997 - Psychology - 274 pages
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Waking the Tiger offers a new and hopeful vision of trauma. It views the human animal as a unique being, endowed with an instinctual capacity. It asks and answers an intriguing question: why are animals in the wild, though threatened routinely, rarely traumatized? By understanding the dynamics that make wild animals virtually immune to traumatic symptoms, the mystery of human trauma is revealed.

Waking the Tiger normalizes the symptoms of trauma and the steps needed to heal them. People are often traumatized by seemingly ordinary experiences. The reader is taken on a guided tour of the subtle, yet powerful impulses that govern our responses to overwhelming life events. To do this, it employs a series of exercises that help us focus on bodily sensations. Through heightened awareness of these sensations trauma can be healed.
 

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User Review  - sueolson - Overstock.com

This is an excellent book on trauma. Peter Levine is well known for his work with trauma and the common physiology with animals. It is a trustworthy book easily understandable and very helpful. I use it for my clients and I use it for myself. Read full review

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User Review  - suesbooks - LibraryThing

I probably would have gotten more out of this book if I had read it more like a textbook. I thought his ideas were interesting and glad they work for some people. I felt he claimed they more have ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The Body As Healer
7
The Mystery of Trauma
23
A Strange New Land
41
In Traumas Reflection
65
The Animal Experience
85
The Core of the Traumatic Reaction
127
Symptoms of Trauma
145
A Traumatized Persons Reality
155
Transformation and Renegotiation
173
Transformation
193
Transforming
221
First Aid for Trauma
235
First Aid for Children
247
Three Brains One Mind
265
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About the author (1997)

Peter Levine, Ph.D. is the originator and developer of Somatic Experiencing(R) and the Director of the Foundation for Human Enrichment. He holds doctorate degrees in both Medical Biophysics and Psychology. During his thirty year study of stress and trauma, Dr. Levine has contributed to a variety of scientific, medical, and popular publications. His book, Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma is in its fifth printing and receiving wide international attention. Peter was a consultant for NASA during the development of the Space Shuttle, and has taught at hospitals and pain clinics in both Europe and the U.S., as well as at the Hopi Guidance Center in Arizona. He lives near Lyons, Colorado, on the banks of the St. Vrain River.

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