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Children of Trauma: Rediscovering Your Discarded Self [Paperback]

Jane Middleton-Moz
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28 Jan 1991
Imagine what it would be like to become the healthiest person you could be..... This is the inherent right of each individual but when lingering emotional trauma from our childhood blocks the normal developmental process, we get struck. As each of us strives to become the healthiest person we possibly can, we will have to come face-to-face with emotional fears that may be the result of traumatic childhoods. Although that journey may be paved with the paid of unresolved grief and unrecognized loss, this book will serve as the map to guide you and help you rediscover your discarded self... ...the best self you were always meant to be.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Health Communications (28 Jan 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558740147
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558740143
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 285,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and emotional reading 8 Feb 2008
By Chris
Format:Paperback
What a great book, full of insight and compassion from a woman with over twenty-five years experience working therapeutically with trauma victims. I cried many times while reading because I felt acutely the painful reality of the many examples she provides, from my own childhood experience. The author draws on those afflicted by substance abuse, neglect, sibling loss, sexual abuse, emotional abuse and parental loss, and also on the thousand little deaths suffered daily; children who are singled out for differences, whether because of ethnicity, poverty, religion, immigration or disability.

Jane Middleton-Moz invites all adult readers of her book to closely reflect on the examples she describes; to see and feel your young self as you were in these situations, and rather than immediately shrug it off with denial or the aggressive rejecting voice that was once your parent, to recognise and validate with compassion the needs and wishes of your child self. Demonstrating how these basic desires so fundamental to our nature - if gone unfulfilled - can dominate almost every aspect of our adult lives. Almost every single person is walking wounded, and the same behaviours can repeat for generations. Most of the choices we make that perhaps only bring more discord, are really rooted in some traumatic episode in the long distant past; the childhood aspect of our psyche is still engaged in a perpetual effort to find love and acceptance.

This is an excellently written and perceptive book that not only shines light into unexplored areas, but also offers a guiding hand towards healing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific book 21 July 2009
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As an adopted child, I wish I had read this 30 years ago!

Filled with interesting research that helps unravel the mystery of adult adoptees and how we play out, our patterns and influences.

A truly excellent read.

I found her continued reference to the closed adoption issue a little too much but that is the only downside.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE book on recovering from trauma 1 Nov 2000
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the one book you need if you are searching for solutions to problems you have arising from childhood trauma (for example, unexplainable fear, uncontrollable anger and rage, debilitating depression, substance abuse, and so on). Middleton-Moz is insightful and genuinely helpful both in describing the results of childhood trauma in adults and in suggesting strategies for dealing with the underlying issues and healing from the trauma. If you are searching for something along any of these lines, do yourself a favor and buy this book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Stories, Stories and More 17 May 2008
By Search for Truth - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Unfortunately, I was very disappointed to read again and again about accounts of others problems without in depth and practical ways to look at my own past and find resolutions for overcoming issues that were left neglected in my own childhood.

With each story or account of others pasts, I was left more confused, more frustrated and found that the book didn't give any real meat I could use toward Rediscovering my Discarded Self.

Needless to say, I'm finished with the book and am still left wanting to know how to heal my past wounds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars necessary read when working with Native Americans 3 Mar 2000
By C.S. Valencia-Gotts - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I work with Native Americans on Vocational Rehabilitation. This book was an absolute must read for those of us working in reservation communities. Jane Middelton-Moz provides those of us who work in the counseling profession with a unique view of cultural opression. She's a DYNAMIC writer and possibly even a better speaker!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book will help you heal your childhood self! 9 April 2008
By R. Ricsin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have read this book along with other books that I have reviewed about self healing. Middleton-Moz shows that even though people think that most abuse is overt, some of the most damaging situations to us are covert. I have learned a lot from this book and would recommend it to anyone!
5.0 out of 5 stars Helps to come out of denial.. 3 Sep 2013
By Christina Bluhm - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
What a great help this is...for people who struggle with pain...addiction and problem parents of control and manipulation.
It helps you see and understand that you might have been abused...and coming out of denial is the first step to healing...
Give it to everybody who is struggling with inner life issues.....peace and joy...pain..etc..
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