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

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

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By (author) Peter Levine

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  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 250 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 23mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 30 September 1997
  • Publication City/Country: Berkeley, CA
  • ISBN 10: 155643233X
  • ISBN 13: 9781556432330
  • Illustrations note: ill
  • Sales rank: 2,214

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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 to heal as well as an intellectual spirit to harness this innate 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.

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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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"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"

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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 to heal as well as an intellectual spirit to harness this innate 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.

Table of contents

Contents Introduction Prologue Giving the Body Its Due Finding a Method • Body and Mind • The Body As Healer • How To Use This Book Section I: The Body As Healer 1. Shadows from a Forgotten Past Nature’s Plan • Why Look to the Wild? • Trauma is Physiological • It’s About Energy 2. The Mystery of Trauma What is Trauma? • Chowchilla, California • Waking the Tiger: A First Glimmering 3. Wounds That Can Heal Trauma Is Not a Disease But a Dis-Ease 4. 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 5. Healing and Community Shamanic Approaches to Healing • Somatic Experiencing® • Acknowledging the Need to Heal • Let Us Begin—Calling the Spirit Back to the Body 6. 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 7. 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 8. 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 9. 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 Section II: Symptoms of Trauma 10. 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 11. Symptoms of Trauma Symptoms of Trauma • And Around and Around We Go • Out of the Loop 12. A Traumatized Person’s Reality The Threat That Can’t Be Found • Mrs. Thayer • 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 Section III: Transformation and Renegotiation 13. 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? 14. Transformation Two Faces of Trauma • Heaven, Hell and Healing: A Middle Ground • Let it Flow—Renegotiation • Margaret • What Really Happened? • Renegotiation and Re-enactment • What is Memory? • Brain and Memory • But It Seems So Real! • But I’m Proud to Be a Survivor • The Courage to Feel • Desire and Healing • With a Little Help from Our Friends 15. The Eleventh Hour: Transforming Societal Trauma The Animal Approach to Aggression • Human Aggression • Why Do Humans Kill, Maim and Torture One Another? • Circle of Trauma, Circle of Grace, Transforming Cultural Trauma • Epilogue or Epitaph? • Nature Is No Fool Section IV: First Aid for Trauma 16. Administering (Emotional) First Aid After an Accident Following an Automobile Accident • Scenario of Healing 17. First Aid for Children Delayed Traumatic Reactions • First Aid for Accidents and Falls • Resolving a Traumatic Reaction • How Can I Tell If My Child Has Been Traumatized? • Sammy—A Case History • Traumatic Play, Re-enactment, and Renegotiation • Key Principles for Renegotiating Trauma with Children Epilogue: Three Brains, One Mind Index