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The Body Remembers: The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment (Norton Professional Books (Hardcover)) Hardcover – 1 Nov 2000

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; First edition (1 Nov. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393703274
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393703276
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Babette Rothschild has produced a masterful book! This text should be required reading for all therapists, particularly those engaged in trauma work. . . . [A] clear pacesetter in integrating the physiological and psychological dimensions of emotions and the use of such knowledge in the therapeutic process. I hope this pioneer author continues her excellent work. "

This book breaks new ground in the understanding of trauma-related work . . . . Every therapist who reads this book is likely to find their work benefits from it. . . . [I]nvaluable for clinicians working with clients, researchers, students and the general public who want to understand the psychophysiology of trauma and knowing what to do about its manifestations. "

Babette Rothschild has produced a masterful book! This text should be required reading for all therapists, particularly those engaged in trauma work. . . . [A] clear pacesetter in integrating thephysiologicaland psychological dimensions of emotions and the use of such knowledge in the therapeutic process. I hope this pioneer author continues her excellent work."

This book breaks new ground in the understanding of trauma-related work . . . . Every therapist who reads this book is likely to find their work benefits from it. . . . [I]nvaluable for clinicians working with clients, researchers, students and the general public who want to understand the psychophysiology of trauma and knowing what to do about its manifestations.

About the Author

Babette Rothschild, MSW, LCSW, is a bestselling author, editor of the Norton 8 Keys to Mental Health Series, and member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. She gives lectures and professional trainings around the world. To date, her books have been translated into 13 different languages.


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The Body Remembers by Babette Rothschild
This book gives a fascinating account of some of the ways trauma work has evolved in recent years. It is framed around a particular episode of traumatisation which is developed in parallel with the theoretical model. Various other case histories are cited which give a real "hands-on" feel to the writing. The physiology and theory sides are clearly developed with references to other people working in the field - there is a strong influence of Dr. Peter Levine. Some of the physiology is not yet fully verified by research eg the apparent link between lack of cortisol production (one of the glucocorticoids produced in the adrenal glands) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This line of research has huge possibilities. Rothschild states clearly in the introduction to her book that the theory is speculative and that controversy abounds amongst researchers in the field. She realistically refers to her book as minimalist and short-winded and it is all the better for that. People's ego-attachments to their beliefs in theory, as I know so well for myself, can only hinder their capacity to really listen. Rothschild quotes neurologist Antonio Damasio on the subject of scientific theory .... "I am sceptical of science's presumption of objectivity and definitiveness. I have a difficult time seeing scientific results, especially in neurobiology, as anything but provisional approximations, to be enjoyed for a while and discarded as soon as better accounts become available".
Although the theory is speculative, the practice is thoroughly grounded in years of successful clinical experience.
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I can't believe I haven't written a review of this book before- I first read it in 2006/7, shortly after I'd resolved life long complex PTSD with associated physiological problems. I can't remember the exact sentence but somewhere in this book it confirms how flashbacks can be triggered by certain movements or positions which trigger the physiological memory of the trauma - ie flashbacks are not always visual nor triggered by noise. I didn't know this - even though I'm fully aware of PTSD through contact with traumatised soldiers. As far as I was concerned, the trauma I'd experienced ended when I was 18 so how could it still be affecting me afterwards - and anyway - I didn't have visual flashbacks so it never occurred to me that I could have PTSD even though I had other symptoms including hyperarousal and extreme avoidance of certain situations.

For me, crying, breathing and heart rate were the triggers or 'flashbacks'. As soon as I exercised, even walking up stairs, my heart rate and breathing went off the scale so I've always been exercise intolerant since my very early childhood - yet despite many medical investigations once I became an adult, no one knew why.
In my early 40's I decided that I just had to hammer myself to try to get fitter and once completed a half marathon (having trained very thoroughly for it) almost last in 2:20 with an average heart rate of 180 bpm. Other 1/2 marathons and even a full marathon didn't result in any improvement at all in my fitness or exercise abilities.

I resolved my trauma issues using EFT (learnt from this book
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This is a very informed and well written book, backed up with medical research, evidence and years of experience in practice. It is worth the read for the enormous insight it gives into the way the body responds to situations in which life and safety is threatened.

For me the most powerful message from this book is that the 'fight or flight' response is actually the 'fight, flight or freeze' response: often when someone is attacked they are paralysed with fear and cannot respond. So many people ask rape victims why they didn't DO something as they were being attacked that it's obvious this is not common knowledge. It really needs to be widely known that freezing is a natural response to a threat, it immobilises you and you simply cannot overpower the physical response with your conscious mind.

It should be required reading for anyone dealing with rape.
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I have had this book on loan from my library for two years, yes two years! I thought I'd better buy my own copy!

For the Counsellor / Psychotherapist this book is absolutely fantastic. Rothschild explains the happenings within the brain and the nervous system to help the practitioner understand the physiology that a person may experience through trauma, post traumatic stress.

Rothschild also provides 'tools' to equip the practitioner and client to enable them to approach traumatic material.

This book is an absolute must.
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I am immensely impressed with this book. As a psychotherapist, I found it very useful not only to help me understand my clients' experience of trauma on a physiological, psychological and emotional level, but it also helped me to find the right words to explain to them what they were experiencing.

Babette Rothschild uses accessible language to explain really complex terms; her writing is really easy to understand and she enriches the text with case studies and examples from her own professional experience of helping people to overcome the debilitating effects of trauma and PTSD.

I would only caution those readers who find it very difficult to grasp neuroscience concepts- I am inclined towards neuroscience and therefore found it quite easy to follow the text. It is made easier by diagrams and explanatory notes; however if you are really struggling with these terms, you might find the book slightly more challenging than you expected.

Either way however, I would still recommend it, whether you are a professional working with traumatised people, or if a loved one has survived trauma. It will give you a great insight into their experience and how to best support them.
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