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Waking the Tiger

Healing Trauma
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Paperback Book
Publisher: 
North Atlantic
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July, 1997
ISBN:
9781556432330
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$22.50 CAD
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Offering a new and hopeful vision of trauma, Waking the Tiger presents simple “first aid” tools to help prevent traumatic reactions from developing in the aftermath of “overwhelm” and injury.

Persistent anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and insomnia are only a few of the conditions caused by traumatic reactions. While maintaining that drugs can sometimes be a useful component in treatment, trauma specialist Peter Levine demonstrates that confusion between an unresolved natural response and an actual mental disorder can obscure proper treatment and diagnosis.

Seeking to learn how animals in natural habitats integrate the critical roles of biology and instinct, Levine studied the moments both before and after an animal was attacked in the wild. In each case, he observed large amounts of energy being discharged after an attack, preventing immobilization, or the “shutting down” common to trauma victims. Using this “flight or fight” analysis, he concluded that an essential biological ingredient of resolving trauma—completion of the defense mechanism—is missed by conventional medical treatment.

Challenging the myth that the trauma individuals experience must accompany them for the rest of their lives, Waking the Tiger normalizes the symptoms of trauma and the steps needed to heal them. Levine writes from his many years of experience working with numerous stress and trauma victims.

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 (“Somatic Experiencing”) that help us focus on bodily sensations. Through a heightened awareness of these sensations trauma can be healed. He also discusses both the sources of trauma—including injuries, violence, loss of loved ones, medical procedures, and natural disasters—and the psychological and physical tools that can resolve and complete a natural traumatic reaction.

“Levine knows how to move beyond trauma by engaging the bodily process that should have happened, rather than merely reliving what happened.” —Eugene Gendlin, developer of Focusing

“Peter Levine has remained at the creative edges of healing, plunging courageously into unknown territories. He has always been consistent—developing an understanding of trauma, its grounding in body tissues, and its healing. This is a book long awaited by students of the healing process.” —Don Hanlon Johnson, professor of Somatics, California Institute of Integral Studies

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Nature's Lessons in Healing Trauma...

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.A straightforward and drug-free approach to dealing with trauma and behavioral disorders, this book presents simple "first aid" tools to help prevent traumatic reactions from developing in the aftermath of "overwhelm" and injury. Thoroughly investigated, this work is based upon the author’s years of work with numerous stress and trauma victims. Illustrations.

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