Trauma and Memory: Brain and Body in a Search for the Living Past: A Practical Guide for Understanding and Working with Traumatic Memory
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In Trauma and Memory, best-selling author Dr. Peter Levine (creator of the Somatic Experiencing approach) tackles one of the most difficult and controversial questions of PTSD/trauma therapy: Can we trust our memories? While some argue that traumatic memories are unreliable and not useful, others insist that we absolutely must rely on memory to make sense of past experience. Building on his 45 years of successful treatment of trauma and utilizing case studies from his own practice, Dr. Levine suggests that there are elements of truth in both camps. While acknowledging that memory can be trusted, he argues that the only truly useful memories are those that might initially seem to be the least reliable: memories stored in the body and not necessarily accessible by our conscious mind.

While much work has been done in the field of trauma studies to address “explicit” traumatic memories in the brain (such as intrusive thoughts or flashbacks), much less attention has been paid to how the body itself stores “implicit” memory and how much of what we think of as “memory” actually comes to us through our (often unconsciously accessed) felt sense. By learning how to better understand this complex interplay of past and present, brain and body, we can adjust our relationship to past trauma and move into a more balanced, relaxed state of being. Written for trauma sufferers as well as mental health care practitioners, Trauma and Memory is a groundbreaking look at how memory is constructed and how influential memories are on our present state of being.

6 reviews for Trauma and Memory: Brain and Body in a Search for the Living Past: A Practical Guide for Understanding and Working with Traumatic Memory

  1. Inna
    September 21, 2023
    5.0 out of 5 stars amazing researched material
    It began as hard to understand for me. But eventually I got it. I would say, amazing knowledge, scientifically researched treatments in somatic body...More
    It began as hard to understand for me. But eventually I got it. I would say, amazing knowledge, scientifically researched treatments in somatic body responses to trauma and recovery treatments. The author doesn’t not impose his opinions, but bases his conclusions on scientific research and what has worked to help his clients. RECOMMEND!
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    Miss Kitty
    July 3, 2022
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good
    Good points to think about and discuss
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    Ms CJ Colins
    August 26, 2020
    Intriguing read
    Superbly written book which offers excellent insight into the physical and emotional experience of trauma. As I read it, things in my personal life fe...More
    Superbly written book which offers excellent insight into the physical and emotional experience of trauma. As I read it, things in my personal life fell into a comfortable and reassuring new light and I now feel that I have a far better understanding of the "confabulation" sometimes seen within a mental health community. An absolute "must read".
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    TB
    July 21, 2020
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great product.
    Great product.
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    Josephine
    February 18, 2020
    5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I expected
    It arrived on time and is the exact book I was looking for.
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    Anna Naden
    February 19, 2019
    5.0 out of 5 stars Balanced, modern, lucid and convincing
    I liked the fact that Levine affirms the significance of trauma memories while recognizing that declarative memory is evolving and uncertain. There we...More
    I liked the fact that Levine affirms the significance of trauma memories while recognizing that declarative memory is evolving and uncertain. There were sufficient examples to give a grasp of the author's clinical practice, while offering useful information for those with a different point of view. This was an easy, quick read for me.
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