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The Enchanted Loom reviews Robert Scaer's book, The Trauma Spectrum

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"Recovering neurologist" Robert Scaer has devoted his life to studying his own and other people's brains. As a result he is not only intimately familiar with the brain's structure and function, but more specifically, it's special vulnerabilities. He does a masterful job of identifying and detailing many of them, a great number of which many of us will recognize with an "Aha" recognition!

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The Enchanted Loom reviews Robert Scaer's book, The Trauma Spectrum

  1. 1. The Enchanted Loom Teasing sturdy threads from neuroscience masterworks
  2. 2. Teasing 10 threads from Robert Scaer’s…
  3. 3. Thread 1: The cumulative experiences of life’s ‘little traumas’ shape every aspect of our existence. (pg. ix)
  4. 4. Thread 2: The accumulation of neg- ative life experiences molds one’s personality, choices of mate, profes- sion, clothes, appetite, pet peeves, posture, and our state of physical and mental health and disease. (pg. x)
  5. 5. Thread 3: Around age 62 I be- came fascinated with the field of traumatic stress, and I realized that, in my marriage I had begun to “leave the scene” and clearly dissociate during episodes of stress. (pg. xv)
  6. 6. Thread 4: Life threatening experiences may be traumatic if they occur in a state of helplessness. (pg. 12)
  7. 7. Thread 5: Banishing helplessness is a core goal in overcoming trauma. (pg. 91)
  8. 8. Thread 6: One function of dreaming seems to be the integra- tion of threat- based content into survival-based procedural memory, enhancing survival skills in the face of future threats. (pg. 66)
  9. 9. Thread 7: One of the symptoms of PTSD is the sense of a foreshortened future. It is almost as if victims cannot perceive of a future when they will not be continuously preoccupied by a battle with their demons. (pg. 70)
  10. 10. Thread 8: Genes do more than carry information; they respond to experience. (pg. 87)
  11. 11. Thread 9: A progressive sensi- tivity to even minor life stressors as a result of sequential life trauma often results in the medical profession labeling such victims as “hypochondriacs.” (pg. 64)
  12. 12. Thread 10: Societal impairment of bonding due to early maternal/infant (rupture) logically leads to maladaptive feeding behaviors in adults as a means of com- pensating for the maternal attach- ment they never adequately experienced. (pg. 93)
  13. 13. Image Credits: Title Page: http://www.rappler.com/science-nature/23193-personality-traits-brain-scans Slide 3 - http://bit.ly/2tzIkyK Slide 12 - http://russiananorexic.blogspot.com/ Slide 2 - http://www.eft-and-pranic-healing.com/Trauma.html Slide 6 - http://bit.ly/2uudRoA Slide 5 - http://alchetron.com/Drag-Me-to-Hell-17867-W Slide 11 - http://theunboundedspirit.com/learned-helplessness/ Slide 10 - https://als.lbl.gov/mapping-migration-genetic-material/ Slide 14 - http://www.rappler.com/science-nature/23193-personality-traits-brain-scans Slide 9 - https:// www.deviantart.com/art/Dissociative-Identity-Disorder-684930553 Slide 8 - http://abcn.ws/2uE9bN1 Slide 7 - http://www.mfa.org/collections/object/a-hypochondriac-55462 Slide 4 - https://www.bodyzone.com/posture-exercise-and-healthspan/
  14. 14. Mark Brady, PhD TheEnchantedLoom@gmail.com to Subscribe or receive the Powerpoints for Free Thank you for viewing !

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