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Come to terms with your past while moving powerfully into the future The Courage to Heal is an inspiring, comprehensive guide that offers hope and a map of the healing journey to every woman who was sexually abused as a child—and to those who care about her. Although the effects of child sexual abuse are long-term and severe, healing is possible. Weaving together personal experience with professional knowledge, the authors provide clear explanations, practical suggestions, and support throughout the healing process. Readers will feel recognized and encouraged by hundreds of moving first-person stories drawn from interviews and the authors' extensive work with survivors, both nationally and internationally. This completely revised and updated 20th anniversary edition continues to provide the compassionate wisdom the book has been famous for, as well as many new features: Contemporary research on trauma and the brain An overview of powerful new healing tools such as imagery, meditation, and body-centered practices Additional stories that reflect an even greater diversity of survivor experiences The reassuring accounts of survivors who have been healing for more than twenty years The most comprehensive, up-to-date resource guide in the field Insights from the authors' decades of experience Cherished by survivors, and recommended by therapists and institutions everywhere, The Courage to Heal has often been called the bible of healing from child sexual abuse. This new edition will continue to serve as the healing beacon it has always been.
In this groundbreaking companion to The Courage to Heal, Laura Davis offers an inspiring, in-depth workbook that speaks to all women and men healing from the effects of child sexual abuse. The combination of checklists, writing and art Projects, open-ended questions and activities expertly guides the survivor through the healing process. Survival Skills -- Teaches survivors to create a safe, supportive environment, ask for help, deal with crisis periods, and choose therapy. Aspects Of Healing -- Focuses on the healing process: gaining a capacity for hope, breaking silence, letting go of shame, turning anger into action, planning a confrontation, preparing for family contact, and affirming personal progress. Guidelines For Healing Sexually -- Redefines the concept of "safe sex" and establishes healthy ground rules for sexual contact.
Provides self-help guidelines, a resource guide, and an analysis of "false memory" syndrome to women who have been sexually abused as children
The Courage to Heal is an inspiring, comprehensive guide that offers hope and encouragement to every woman who, was sexually abused as a child -- and those who care about her. Although the effects of child sexual abuse are long-term and severe, healing is possible. The authors weave personal experience with professional knowledge to show the reader how she can come to terms with her past while moving powerfully into the future. They provide clear explanations, practical suggestions, a map of the healing journey, and many moving first-person examples of the recovery process drawn from their interviews with hundreds of survivors. Definitive in scope, The Courage to Heal speaks directly to the survivor in a warm and personal way: TAKING STOCK -- outlines the effects of child sexual abuse and the ways women cope over time. THE HEALING PROCESS -- explores each stage from the decision to heal and remembering through breaking silence, knowing it wasn't your fault, nurturing the inner child, and grief and anger, to resolution and moving on. CHANGING PATTERNS -- offers in-depth guidance for shifting self-defeating patterns in specific areas of one's present life, including self-esteem, feelings, intimacy, sexuality, and dealing with families. SUPPORTERS OF SURVIVORS -- provides insight and strategies for partners of survivors, family members, and counselors. COURAGEOUS WOMEN -- profiles survivors who share the challenges and triumphs of their own healing journeys. HONORING THE TRUTH -- a substantial new Afterword that refutes the "false memory" argument and presents a thorough and enlightening response to the backlash. RESOURCE GUIDE -- fully updated for this edition -- informs readers about therapy, healing activities, recommended reading, support groups, self-help programs, and services and organizations.
Dr. Peter A. Levine, soeben für sein Lebenswerk ausgezeichnet vom amerikanischen Verband der Körpertherapeuten, ist einer der bedeutendsten Traumaforscher unserer Zeit. Seine Bücher sind internationale Bestseller. »Sprache ohne Worte« stellt den Gipfelpunkt seines Schaffens dar. »Traumatisiert zu sein bedeutet, verdammt zu sein zu einer geistigen Endlosschleife unerträglicher Erfahrungen. In diesem fesselnden Buch erklärt Peter Levine, was bei einem Trauma in unserem Körper und unserer Psyche geschieht, und zeigt, wie die Weisheit des Körpers hilft, es zu überwinden und zu transformieren.« Dr. Onno van der Hart, Prof. für Psychopathologie und Trauma, Universität Utrecht
»In den Märchen über Inzest zwischen Vater und Tochter – ›Das Mädchen ohne Hände‹, ›Allerleirauh‹, in der Originalversion von ›Aschenputtel‹ und den Geschichten der Heiligen Dymphna, der Patronin aller Inzest-Opfer – verhalten sich die Töchter immer genauso, wie man es von ihnen erwarten würde: Sie sind entsetzt über die sexuellen Annäherungen ihrer Väter. Sie tun alles, was in ihrer Macht steht, um zu entkommen. Ich nicht. Ein Kleinkind kann nicht entkommen. Und später, als ich es konnte, war es zu spät.« Eine junge Frau wird mehr als zwanzig Jahre lang von ihrem Vater sexuell missbraucht. Tiefsitzende Ängste prägen ihr Sein, ihr Weltbild, ihr Verständnis von Familie. Unter dem Deckmantel einer intakten Familie wächst das Kleinkind zum Mädchen und schließlich zur Frau heran. Doch selbst im Erwachsenenalter lässt sie sich auf immer wieder neue Spielformen der Abhängigkeit, der Unterwerfung und der Gewalt ein. In diesem Memoir ruft die Erzählerin ihre Kindheitstraumata und deren Folgen wieder auf. Sie spürt der Frage nach, wie die jahrzehntelangen Vergewaltigungen durch ihren Vater sie geprägt haben und inwiefern sie den erlernten Abhängigkeiten immer noch unterworfen ist. Ihr Tatsachenbericht legt offen, dass ein Leben, welches als Sexualobjekt statt als Kind begonnen wird, kein Leben ist. Die körperlichen und psychischen Zwänge, denen die Erzählerin jahrelang ausgesetzt war, münden in eine Abwärtsspirale, aus der es kein Entkommen gibt.

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