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Resources for learning about and healing from trauma


2022-09-16 | Dr Gabor Mate on The Myth of Normal, on Impact Theory

2022 June Interview: Paul Conti and Andrew Huberman

Dr. Conti is the trauma expert in this podcast. Dr. Huberman conducts an excellent interview, knowing great, nuanced questions to ask.

2022-09-30 | Healing Your Trauma In the Light of Awareness | Rupert Spira

2017-05-05 | What is Post-Traumatic Growth? with Sonja Lyubomirsky

Simply learning about the concept of “posttraumatic growth” in itself can be therapeutic and instill hope. Posttraumatic growth is the idea of how we can exhibit “antifragility” (becoming stronger from adversity) in the face of traumatic events. How this happens (as opposed to experiencing only damage from trauma) is complex, nuanced, and ever-under investigation. But it can be helpful to simply have the idea on our radar — that very hard experiences can actually, with work and healing, leave us wiser, stronger, deeper, and more compassionate.


The Body Keeps the Score (Bessel Van Der Kolk)

At the time of this writing (2022), this may very well be the most popular book on trauma, despite being published in 2014. It has over 50,000 reviews on Amazon, and is a broad overview of the causes, effects, and various paths to recovery.

The Myth of Normal (Gabor Mate)

In this book, Gabor Mate focuses on not only on family influences of trauma but the broader context of society – the family of families – that has many interpersonal and social ills that trickle down to the individual. Often in psychology, mental health, and medicine, the individual is the unit of focus, and individual diagnoses (depression, anxiety, ADHD, etc) are given. This book zooms out and looks at the problem from the larger view of the society and posits that it creates individual suffering. I think that Dr. Mate is a great communicator and exudes caring and compassion. His online talks are widely available and also recommended.

Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving (Pete Walker)

Another popular, thorough, and extremely well-reviewed book on trauma. Complex PTSD in this book means more severe trauma, including symptoms of emotional flashbacks, toxic shame, self-abandonment, a vicious inner-critic, and social anxiety.

In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness (Peter Levine)

Peter Levine focuses on somatic (body) storage and release of trauma. He makes the case that animals have a natural ability (that humans have often lost) to literally shake off their stress and trauma. This approach is not cognitive or intellectual but more primal and I think it is a useful lens to understand on one’s journey toward healing from trauma. Dr Levine has various talks online as well in which he explains his views and approach to trauma.

Homecoming: Reclaiming and Healing Your Inner Child (John Bradshaw)

Homecoming uses the “inner child” model and provides some great exercises for how to provide our selves the love and confidence that we didn’t necessarily receive from our parents as a child.

Running on Empty: Overcome Your Childhood Emotional Neglect (Jonice Webb)

Trauma doesn’t always come from abuse. Neglect is often the other side of the coin. It could have been not so much the presence of something harmful, but the absence of the vital needs of love, connection, and attention. Emotional neglect can be insidious in that it can be hard to pinpoint or realize. But indifference toward our experience or emotions can sometimes be as harmful or more harmful than negative attention from parents.

The Drama of the Gifted Child (Alice Miller)

This book, originally published in Europe around 1980 and revised since then, illustrates how parents can inadvertently wound their children by prioritizing their own emotional needs (due to the parents’ own unhealed and unconscious attachment trauma from childhood) at the expense of their children.


I plan to add to this list over time. If you have found a resource for trauma that has helped you, please feel free to leave it in the comments section!

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