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xxv, 283 pages ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
The experience of trauma, whether a single incident, like a car accident, or more chronic, systemic exposure, like childhood sexual abuse, is life altering. Added to the primal emotions of fear, shame, rage, and uncertainty about how to cope is the unsettling sense that you are not quite who you used to be. What does a post-trauma identity look like? How does one come to accept this new identity? And what are the healing strategies that can help to recover a sense of self? This book guides you in finding answers to these tough questions. --Provided by publisher.
Trauma has changed you -- A brief look at the science of trauma : recovery starts here -- Who were you before trauma? : acknowledge your lost self -- Who have you become after trauma? : validate yourself now -- Who do you want to be? : a blueprint for your future self -- Ten common obstacles to creating your post-trauma identity -- Afterword -- Appendix A.A quick guide to twenty stress reduction practices -- Appendix B. Self-coaching practices cheat sheet -- Index.