- Paperback: 250 pages
- Publisher: North Atlantic Books,U.S.; 1st Edition edition (29 Sept. 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 155643233X
- ISBN-13: 978-1556432330
- Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2 x 22.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma - The Innate Capacity to Transform Overwhelming Experiences Paperback – 29 Sep 1997
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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
"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
--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."
From the Author
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 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 a heightened awareness of these sensations trauma can be healed.
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Top Customer Reviews
Levine calls this lost nature the 'felt sense' and describes a number of scenarios where individuals are blocked by trauma. He encourages the reader to learn about their felt sense, recognises that the freeze response is natural (and therefore not a product of folk who eg, 'asked for it', didn't try to escape), helps the reader try to locate their own in-built mechanisms, and complete the natural processes in us that have left us blocked, allowing victims to move on. This process does not require reliving the event, which is a relief. He also looks at the plasticity of memory, citing the (established) idea that the brain uses memory to resolve things in a very creative, specifically non-linear (A-to-B) way, storing and reworking memories to solve eg, trauma.
Levine encourages us to revisit the trauma in our imagination and get out of it, survive it, escape. Break the freeze response in our imagination. Break the loop. He does not suggest creating false memories, he just asks us to imagine escaping, surviving, get out of the trauma loop. I did just that and I revisited the trauma afterwards in a later session with my therapist... and was amazed to find I finally remembered what really happened next. I knew the truth and we explored that together, not the imagined escape which was had served its purpose.Read more ›
I agree with another reviewer or two here who said this book needs to be seriously edited down. It is pretty repetitive, which is a great shame, as I truly think the approach could have been helpful, certainly to me, and importantly much better than many CBT approaches and techniques which for me are just basically inadequate (indeed much of CBT irritates me beyond belief). Interestingly, Levine's theory links up well I think with the approach taken by a writer on agoraphobia and anxiety, Claire Weekes, who I really like, and who spoke about the body becoming sensitised as Levine speaks about hyper-arousal. The two are closely related concepts, if not the same. Okay, it's not rocket science, but I feel it is a key aspect of trauma, anxiety and panic which is virtually ignored by most CBT techniques. So, there are great similarities, on certain levels, between Levine's and Weekes' respective approaches. Perhaps that's why I ultimately give this book 3 stars instead of 2, because I recognised his theory's affinity to Weekes' theory.
However - and it's a big however - I really felt let down at the end. After trawling through 200 pages of often repetitive, but sometimes insightful and almost revolutionary or at least very intelligent ideas, I was thinking, well, thankfully now in the last part of the book he will provide a solution or two. For me, he didn't.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The single most important book I've ever read. Years of trawling through different approaches to finding out what is 'wrong' with me and this has opened my eyes and directed me to... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon user
Disappointing. I didn't learn anything that I don't already know.Published 4 months ago by Mrs S M Jones
I feel a lot more informed about Trauma now that I have read this book. I did not know much about the mechanism of trauma and what it does - now I understand the importance of... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Marina V.
This book really helped me. It has some good activities to work through that help get rid of old trauma pain.Published 7 months ago by changealot
Peter Levine writes in a clear and understanding way. This the second copy I have bought, lost the original one, which was well used, knew I need to replace it.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
An excellent read! It gives a great insight into the physiological aftermath of experiencing traumatic events. Definitely recommended!Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
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