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Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma [Paperback]

Peter A. Levine Ph.D. , Ann Frederick
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July 7 1997
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 virtually 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 heightened awareness of these sensations trauma can be healed.

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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

"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.”
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About the Author

Peter Levine, Ph.D. is the originator and developer of Somatic Experiencing® and the Director of the Foundation for Human Enrichment. He holds doctorate degrees in both Medical Biophysics and Psychology. During his thirty year study of stress and trauma, Dr. Levine has contributed to a variety of scientific, medical, and popular publications. His book, Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma is in its fifth printing and receiving wide international attention. Peter was a consultant for NASA during the development of the Space Shuttle, and has taught at hospitals and pain clinics in both Europe and the U.S., as well as at the Hopi Guidance Center in Arizona. He lives near Lyons, Colorado, on the banks of the St. Vrain River.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much needed March 4 2004
By A Customer
I purchased this book (along with a few others on the subject) initially because I was interested in the topic.
Not a medical person or psychiatrist of any sort, I just thought it was something that I would enjoy looking into. For those that know how the subconscious works, you'll appreciate the fact that I discovered that I was a victim of PTSD while delving into the subject.
It was as if the universe was trying to tell me something. All I can say is that it opened my eyes and changed my life in ways I never knew possible.
For those interested in fiction dealing with a topic along these lines (and also Dissociative Identity Disorder) I would recommend reading a book called "Bark of the Dogwood" by Jackson McCrae. It's an intricate study of PTSD, child abuse, dysfunction, and a little of everything else, and packs quite a wallop. And it's actually quite funny in places--probably the ONLY book I know of about child abuse that has a bright side.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book March 1 2004
By A Customer
This is a very good, excellent resource for those wanting to make the step forward on the healing path. It certainly covers a broud range of lessons. Ranks right up there with books such as NIGHTMARES ECHO and LOST BOY. Teaches the victim how to become a survivor. Excellent Excellent Book I would recommend for everyone to read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh insights May 20 2004
By A Customer
This is a well written book that provides a different perspective on how to work with traumatic experiences. As one who has always "lived in my head" to get through not only the trauma is it occurred, but also as I work through the aftermath, this book provided good insight into WHY I needed to include a physical aspect to my healing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Psychobabble Jan. 17 2010
Rambling, poorly written and anecdotal. Many of the hypothesis anthropomorphised animals. I grew up on a farm and I have seen animals retain and 'hold' their trauma's for life. The examples of animals ability to shake off trauma may work for a impala but sure won't for a horse. Psychobabble
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Walking Tiger, Interesting Read Aug. 12 2012
By Wes
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Received product quickly and in "like new", shape. Gotten through part of the book. Interesting read. Can open your eyes to a few unexpected things. While not exactly light recreational reading the book is easy to engage and keeps you interested.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Every life contains difficulties we are not prepared for. Read, learn, and be prepared for life and healing.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Companion Book to His Tape Set Sept. 23 2003
By H. Row
After suffering a major life threatening illness several years ago, I've struggled with chronic pain that lasts every day, all day. I've literally seen EVERY specialist, every test conceivable to diagnose let alone treat my pain. I've been left with the conclusion that an inner, holistic manner is the only thing left to treat the pain, because drug treatment leaves me basically in a state better left to those in hospice and who have given up.
Dr. Levine has 30 years experience in dealing with patients suffering severe pain and the overiding factor that the pain interferes with even the most simple aspect of living a normal life.
Waking the Tiger presents case studies that are representative of how pain affects us. Levine gives simple exercises to help break through the web of pain so that we can go about enjoying life again.
I can't just recommend going out and buying this workbook and all your problems and pain will be gone by the time you finish reading it. But it does give you faith in the inner strength we all have to control our pain in conjunction with other treatment. And believe it or not, that inner strength MAY be enough to make the difference between needing to be doped up all the time, not being able to enjoy life.
I recommend Dr Levine's material. I'm not pain free and never will be but I am better because of it.
John Row
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma Oct. 7 2000
This exciting, insightful book reinforces the wholeness of the human vehicle, that our body and triune brain of instinct, emotion and rationality are totally connected to the human experience and to our connection with all of life. The book explains why humans are often frozen in trauma, unlike animals who daily cope with the unpredictability of nature and man. For humans, as is true for animals, the potential for trauma exists from birth through death, with at least one major difference - that humans have a harder time releasing trauma and many carry it all of their lives, which causes major interference with health, peace of mind and the ability to live joyfully and creatively. When human trauma remains unhealed, the energy of the trauma and accompanying emotions will remain locked within the brain and held within the body's musculature, tissues and organs awaiting discharge. Like Sleeping Beauty awaiting her restoration to life once the poisoned apple is dislodged, those with deep psychological scars have disassociated the memory from their minds and are living in a numbed, tensed body awaiting its release so the body can return to wholeness and optimum mental and physical health. The author persuasively asserts that psychological wounds are reversible and that healing comes when the physical and mental letting go occurs, similar to the way the tiger experiences the coming and going of threat, tensing in response to danger, and as the threat passes, the tiger's muscles shake, twitch and let go right then and there the fear related energy which now is forever out of mind and body. So, too, Peter Levine states, can humans learn to release long-held and/or current trauma without return. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent !
I found Peter Levine's information about trauma so informative, helpful and interesting due to PTSD in my own life that it put me onto further in depth research. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dalana
4.0 out of 5 stars why more ??
I do not mind giving feed back , however some times the stars are all that is necessary, and it would seem are quite self explanatory
Published 3 months ago by judith Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I am in therapy right now and my therapist uses his techniques in Healing Trauma, which is a condensation of Jo's theory and practice. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Shelby
3.0 out of 5 stars This book was ordered as a gift and I haven't discussed the book with...
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Published 13 months ago by Larry Jeffery
5.0 out of 5 stars Promising is right
Too often I get pulled into buy a book, especially a self-help one, for all the wrong reasons. Not so with WAKING THE TIGER. Read more
Published on Aug. 15 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful insight
What a wonderfully honest book! It shares the heartbreak of what rape does to the human soul. I also highly recommend reading Peaceful Heart: A Woman's Journey of Healing, by Aimee... Read more
Published on April 8 2004 by Laura mathews
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, may seem fuzzy, don't let that fool you
This book will seem somewhat vague at first, but it will sink in better if you re-read it several times, especially the later sections. Read more
Published on Nov. 7 2003
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