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Waking The Tiger - Peter A. Levine

Paperback Published: 29th September 1997
ISBN: 9781556432330
Number Of Pages: 288

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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.

Industry Reviews

"Every life contains difficulties we are not prepared for. Read, learn, and be prepared for life and healing." --Bernard S. Siegal, M.D., Author of Love, Medicine & Miracles and Peace, Love, and Healing "Fascinating! Amazing! A revolutionary exploration of the effects and causes of trauma." --Mira Rothenberg, Director Emeritus of Blueberry Treatment Centers for Disturbed Children, Author of Children With Emerald Eyes

"It is a most important book. Quite possibly a work of genius." --Ron Kurtz, Author of Body Reveals and Body-Centered Psychotherapy

"Levine effectively argues that the body is healer and that psychological scars of trauma are reversible--but only if we listen to the voices of our body." --Stephen W. Porges, Ph.D., Professor of Human Development and Psychology, University of Maryland

"A vital contribution to the exciting emerging science of mind/body interaction in the treatment of disease." --Robert C. Scaer, M.D., Neurology, Medical Director, Rehabilitation Services, Boulder Community Hospital

"Peter Levine's work is visionary common sense, pure and simple." --Laura Huxley, lifetime partner and collaborator of Aldous Huxley

"[Waking the Tiger] is an excellent resource for those who have been traumatized or know someone who suffers from trauma, like a soldier returning from war. Finally, there is help that doesn't ask us to relive what happened and re-experience the pain. Instead, it follows the body's wisdom in its search for renewal and healing." --Soaring Again

Introduction
Prologue
Giving the Body Its Due Finding a Method
Body and Mind
The Body As Healer
How To Use This Book
The Body As Healer
Shadows from a Forgotten Past Nature's Plan
Why Look to the Wild?
Trauma is Physiological
It's About Energy
The Mystery of Trauma What is Trauma?
Chowchilla, California
Waking the Tiger: A First Glimmering
Wounds That Can Heal Trauma Is Not a Disease But a Dis-Ease
A Strange New Land Trauma is Not a Life Sentence
The Strange New Land
Trauma!
What We Don't Know Can Hurt Us
A Traumatized Person's Reality
Get On with Your Life
Who Is Traumatized?
Causes of Trauma
Healing and Community Shamanic Approaches to Healing
Somatic Experiencing“
Acknowledging the Need to Heal
Let Us Begin-Calling the Spirit Back to the Body
In Trauma's Reflection Medusa
The Felt Sense
Let the Body Speak Its Mind
Using The Felt Sense to Listen to the Organism
How the Organism Communicates
Sensation and the Felt Sense
Rhythm: All God's Children Got It
The Animal Experience The Animals Do It Too
When the Reptilian Brain Speaks, Listen!
One with Nature
Attunement
The Orienting Response
Flee, Fight...or Freeze
The Return to Normal Activity
Animals as Teachers
How Biology Becomes Pathology: Freezing The Stage is Set
Blame It on the Neo-cortex
Fear and Immobility
"As They Go In, So They Come Out"
Like Death Itself
It's a Cumulative Effect
How Biology Becomes Pathology
How Pathology Becomes Biology: Thawing Nancy Re-examined: A First Step
It's All Energy
Marius: A Next Step
Renegotiation
Somatic Experiencing-Gradated Renegotiation
Elements of Renegotiation
Symptoms of Trauma
The Core of the Traumatic Reaction Arousal-What Goes Up Must Come Down
Trauma is Trauma, No Matter What Caused It/ Exercises
The Core of the Traumatic Reaction
Hyperarousal
Constriction
Dissociation/ Exercises
Helplessness
And Then There Was Trauma
Symptoms of Trauma Symptoms of Trauma
And Around and Around We Go
Out of the Loop
A Traumatized Person's Reality The Threat That Can't Be Found
Can't Synthesize New Information/Can't Learn
Chronic Helplessness
Traumatic Coupling
Traumatic Anxiety
Psychosomatic Symptoms
Denial
Gladys
What Trauma Survivors Expect
The Last Turn
Transformation and Renegotiation
Blueprint for Repetition Re-enactment
July 5th, 6:30 in the Morning
The Vital Role of Awareness
Jack
Patterns of Shock
Without Awareness We Have No Choice
Re-enactment Versus Renegotiation
In the Theater of the body
Post Script: How Far in Time and Space?
Transformation Two Faces of Trauma
Heaven, Hell and Healing: A Middle Ground
Let it Flow-Renegotiation
Margaret
What Really Happened
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ISBN: 9781556432330
ISBN-10: 155643233X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 29th September 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.7 x 15.4  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1

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