I am in recovery from DID and I had great hopes for this book but it didn't really help me much beyond a basic understanding of why I was suffering as I was. It's incredibly psychologically based, and seems to imply that we can change the reactions in the limbic system in our brain through a psychological approach. While this may work to a certain degree over a very long period of time, I feel that it's missing the main point: trauma is essentially in the limbic system in the brain, and also held in the body. Most of our mind reactions are too slow to compensate for the immediate triggering that takes place before we even realise it in our brain.
I personally recommend two other books as being far more useful. Pat Ogden's Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology) is an amazing resource that works through what I hoped to gain from this book and didn't. David Berceli's The Revolutionary Trauma Release Process: Transcend Your Toughest Times has also given me simple exercises I can do at home which have massively reduced my extremely heightened startle response and released lots of trauma residues from my body. I've detailed how these books have helped me in the reviews I've posted on them.
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: *Norton agency titles; 1 edition (28 March 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780393706468
- ISBN-13: 978-0393706468
- ASIN: 039370646X
- Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 3 x 25.4 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 1.1 Kg
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)