3 out of 4 stars
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Trauma: what is your definition of this word? Have you had any traumatic experiences before? What impact did such an experience have on you? In Healer: Reducing Crises, the first book in a series, Elizabeth Power, the founder of the Trauma-Informed Academy, who has suffered and continues to heal from her fair share of PTSD, not only offers detailed answers to these questions, but she also provides in-depth knowledge on the vital tools that we can employ to handle and heal from the trauma that we have suffered.
She takes us through the definitions of trauma, placing impact-based trauma over event-name trauma, gauging the overlooked effect of the media on causing trauma, the connection between emotional intelligence (EQ) and overcoming trauma, and even the methods of monitoring the progress we have made on the road to recovery.
I have to say that this was an informative read. One thing that settled me on commencing the journey to read this book while confronting my traumatic experiences was the author's use of common real-life examples revolving around how trauma is subjective and should not be compared. She also shows how different words that normally mean the same thing can be used to classify different feelings by different people, and I think that an understanding of this is the first and important step in recognizing and dealing with trauma. Learning this was also my favorite aspect of the book.
Elizabeth Power's message here is quite easy to understand since she maintains her use of simple language throughout the book and employs a conversational tone while including a lot of questions about her lessons that will help readers. Accompanying these questions are practical solutions in a stepwise manner to improve accessibility. Some of the information in the book is also dished out in a tabular form, including how to release stored up chemicals from trauma through muscle movements, employing the "victory cycle" in developing elastic emotions, and understanding our inner connections. The book is comprehensive overall.
With respect to what I did not like about the book, I can only think of the errors I found while reading. Another round of editing will help to eliminate the errors and make this book a perfect read.
Healer: Reducing Crises deserves a rating of 3 out of 4 stars from me. I did not give the maximum rating on account of the errors I found. If you have ever gone through any traumatic experience, you should read this book. It will help you to efficiently deal with your trauma while developing self-awareness, self-regulation, social awareness, and empathy skills.
Healer: Reducing Crises
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