Memory and Brain

Review From User :

Peter Levine is really a revolutionary in the field of psychology dealing with trauma recovery and I'm so grateful I came across his work a few years back.

"Trauma and Memory" isn't a self-help, how-to book but an overview explanation of how trauma works, gets processed, and released, what part memory plays in perpetuating and triggering trauma and the different types of memory we have.

For those not yet familiar with Levine's work, this is a must read and 5 star material. For those who are familiar, having already read his previous works, I don't find there to be much new here but it's a good refresher on the importance of somatic and mindful therapy techniques.

For those who have been through other forms of therapy, namely talk therapy, and find little progress, this also is a must read.

What makes Levine's therapeutic ideas different and what the heck is somatic therapy

In a nutshell, Levine realized and associated a few things:

1) Animals that suffer trauma (i.e. get attacked by a predator) are able to move on from their life harrowing experiences with no adverse affects because their bodies go through a physical process of releasing the trauma.

2) People who endure traumatic events and somehow do not get PTSD or have some trauma but are able to move on much more quickly and not be left with chronic PTSD occurs most often in the scenarios where the person physically took action during the traumatic event (i.e. escaped from the burning building, fended off the attacker, etc)

3) Trauma in people is not intellectual, but a trapped body memory or impression that is stuck

4) If the body is later able to finish the cycle it needed, the trauma can be released

5) The memory or traumatic event doesn't even need to be true or remembered in detail or even recalled fully in order to process the trauma

In practical terms, what does that mean We induce the triggers, follow that trigger in our body, determine what it needs, give it what it needs, and then bring us back to our present. And, it's done in a way that is not overwhelming.

Somatic therapy is a totally different from other therapies and, dare I say, gentle and effective. With it, I'm finally seeing true changes with my own chronic PTSD and use its practical techniques every day.

I wouldn't say to take this book and do everything on your own. No. Read the book to educate yourself and then seek out help from a professional that uses somatic and mindful therapy techniques.

Levine is really a pioneer and is a must read for anyone with trauma.

For those interested on the audiobook version, I listened to the book and found the narrator to be engaging. He read it dynamically enough to keep my interest in the material.

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