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In an Unspoken Voice

Written by: Peter A. Levine, Gabor Maté - foreword M.D.
Narrated by: Ed Nash
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Unraveling trauma in the body, brain and mind—a revolution in treatment. Now in 17 languages.

In this culmination of his life’s work, Peter A. Levine draws on his broad experience as a clinician, a student of comparative brain research, a stress scientist and a keen observer of the naturalistic animal world to explain the nature and transformation of trauma in the body, brain and psyche. In an Unspoken Voice is based on the idea that trauma is neither a disease nor a disorder, but rather an injury caused by fright, helplessness and loss that can be healed by engaging our innate capacity to self-regulate high states of arousal and intense emotions. Enriched with a coherent theoretical framework and compelling case examples, the book elegantly blends the latest findings in biology, neuroscience and body-oriented psychotherapy to show that when we bring together animal instinct and reason, we can become more whole human beings.

©2010 Peter A. Levine (P)2017 North Atlantic Books

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" In An Unspoken Voice uses the author's experiences as a clinician and a student of comparative brain research to explore the nature and impact of trauma on the body and brain.... Case study examples blend biology and body-oriented psychotherapy in a fine collection of insights highly recommended for college-level psychotherapy holdings." ( Midwest Book Review)
"With this book Peter Levine secures his position in the forefront of trauma healing, as theorist, practitioner, and teacher. All of us in the therapeutic community - physicians, psychologists, therapists, aspiring healers, interested laypeople - are ever so much richer for this summation of what he himself has learned." (Gabor Maté, MD, author of In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction)

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One of the most important books to read

In my opinion, this is one of the most important books ever written. After many years searching for answers to my most challenging health issues, trying the gamut of conventional and alternative therapies, this book delivers them. And it does so in an engaging manner accessible to the layperson.

Trauma in its many forms is a vastly underrecognized source of so many of our physical, emotional, and psychological diseases and challenges. Traumatic patterns laid down in childhood and adulthood come to dominate us and define who we feel we are and how we engage with and in the world - and you could argue how we govern the world. Addressing these patterns and restoring a fundamental experience of goodness is, in my view, the key to enabling goodness to be the predominant experience of the vast majority of people on our planet.

I can't praise this book enough. It has given me renewed hope in a decades long struggle that has consumed so much of my attention and resources.

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Intriguing

Great book, might be overly scientific for a lay person, but still an excellent read.

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Excellent trauma resource

His personal story intertwined with the importance of body work in resolving trauma expeeiences brings to light the non talking therapeutic approaches in a easy to digest manner.

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Dynamic

Excellent anecdotes, and practical exercises and a lot of useful information. It feels like I’ll need to listen more than a few times to get it all. Helped me to crack into my own trauma recovery, and to support the experiences of those around me, including my students.

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