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In an Unspoken Voice

How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
North Atlantic
 | 
September, 2010
ISBN:
9781556439438
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$24.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

In this culmination of his life’s work, Peter Levine draws on his broad experience as a therapist, a student of comparative brain research, a stress scientist and a keen observer of the naturalistic animal world to explain the nature and transformation of trauma in the body, brain and psyche. In an Unspoken Voice is based on the idea that trauma is neither a disease nor a disorder, but rather an injury caused by fright, helplessness and loss that can be healed by engaging our innate capacity to self-regulate high states of arousal and intense emotions. Enriched with a coherent theoretical framework and compelling case examples, the book elegantly blends the latest findings in biology, neuroscience and body-oriented psychotherapy to show that when we bring together animal instinct and reason, we can become more whole human beings.

In bearing witness to the resilience of the human spirit, I have countless times seen life return to happiness and goodness, even after great devastation… The particular methodology I will be describing depends on the client developing an awareness of sensation-based bodily feelings. My observations suggest that this approach has a certain kinship with various traditional (and indigenous) healing rituals.

“In this masterpiece Peter Levine has captured the essence of trauma as residing in the ‘unspoken voice’ of our bodies. Combining a thorough study of animal ethology, brain research, and indigenous healing rituals with vast clinical knowledge, Levine provides a marvelous and original perspective on how trauma results in injuries that can be transformed and healed by attention to the natural healing powers that reside deep within every human being.” —Bessel van der Kolk, director of the National Complex Trauma Treatment Network

“For more than forty years, Peter Levine has gently, humorously, and with stunning simplicity, shown us how trauma responses are part of a brilliant psychological self-protection system; a protection system that we, professionals and laypeople alike, unwittingly block with our many ‘normal’ responses. If you want to grasp the essence of how and why the trauma response can help people heal, read this book. If you want to help a traumatized person lessen the impact of the trauma while it’s happening, read this book. If you want to understand your own journey through stress and trauma, read this book. If you want some trail markers for a path from the daze of dissociation to the reemergence of deep vibrant aliveness and spiritual feeling, read this book.”
—Marianne Bentzen, trainer in Neuroaffective Psychotherapy, Copenhagen

Peter Levine, developer of Somatic Experiencing, a body-awareness approach to healing trauma, is also author of Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma. His recent interests include the prevention of trauma in children, and he has co-written two books, with Maggie Kline, in this area: Trauma Through a Child’s Eyes and Trauma-Proofing Your Kids. For further information, visit traumahealing.com.

 

Publisher’s Description: 

**Unraveling Trauma in the Body, Brain and Minda Revolution in Treatment**

In this culmination of his lifes work, Peter A. Levine draws on his broad experience as a clinician, a student of comparative brain research, a stress scientist and a keen observer of the naturalistic animal world to explain the nature and transformation of trauma in the body, brain and psyche. In an Unspoken Voice is based on the idea that trauma is neither a disease nor a disorder, but rather an injury caused by fright, helplessness and loss that can be healed by engaging our innate capacity to self-regulate high states of arousal and intense emotions. Enriched with a coherent theoretical framework and compelling case examples, the book elegantly blends the latest findings in biology, neuroscience and body-oriented psychotherapy to show that when we bring together animal instinct and reason, we can become more whole human beings.

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