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What is trauma? How does it change the way our brains work? And how can we overcome it?When something traumatic happens to us, we dissociate and our bodies shut down their normal processes. This unique comic explains the strange nature of trauma and how it confuses the brain and affects the body. With wonderful artwork, cat and mouse metaphors, essential scientific facts,What is trauma? How does it change the way our brains work? And how can we overcome it?When something traumatic happens to us, we dissociate and our bodies shut down their normal processes. This unique comic explains the strange nature of trauma and how it confuses the brain and affects the body. With wonderful artwork, cat and mouse metaphors, essential scientific facts, and a healthy dose of wit, the narrator reveals how trauma resolution involves changing the body's physiology and describes techniques that can achieve this, including Trauma Releasing Exercises that allow the body to shake away tension, safely releasing deep muscular patterns of stress and trauma....

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ISBN : 9780857012401
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Number of Pages : 32 Pages
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Trauma is Really Strange Reviews

  • Wayne McCoy
    2019-03-29 01:16

    'Trauma is Really Strange' by Steve Haines, with illustrations by Sophie Standing is the kind of graphic novel, you might overlook, but what is does in it's short 32 pages is pretty amazing.The book examines what happens to the brain and body when trauma happens. We can go into a disassoiated state where we feel disconnected from our bodies. This happens in PTSD as well as other trauma. Rather than dwell on the causes or the past, the book offers techniques that are used to get patients through it. Using the acronym OMG (for Orient, Move, Ground), we learn how reconnecting with the present and our bodies can help slowly overcome trauma. It's filled with footnotes with related research for those desiring further study.It's an overly simplified approach to a complex subject, but presented in a very user friendly format. The illustrations are like infographics in nature. They are simple, but help illustrate the topics, like disconnected heads and bodies, or mice curled in fetal positions. The writing is encouraging and frank. I don't think it's overly optimistic, but it would seem to give hope to those suffering trauma and their loved ones. I see this as a very useful resource for those wanting a brief look at the subject and wanting to understand what trauma can do to people.I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Singing Dragon, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.

  • Lauringui
    2019-04-13 03:16

    Excelente. La manera en la que se describen los funcionamientos cerebrales para quienes no tenemos conocimientos médicos, las referencias, los mecanismos y la manera en la que podemos romperlos y generar nuevos me pareció muy acertada.Me dejó manija de más, pero creo que cierra mejor que el del dolor. Cinco porotos para Haines y Sophie.

  • Crab
    2019-04-16 02:09

    I really good comic strip style introduction to trauma. It doesn't really cover non-NT people's best recovery methods, which do differ significantly. Also, I felt a little stressed at trauma being defined as 'that which overwhelms' since I am overwhelmed much of the time, and so dissociation is a part of my life and not something I am ever in permanent recovery from. However, it is a very good introduction to what happens in the brain when a person is traumatised, and I liked the pictures. It would be very useful for somebody who is struggling to understand how to recover from trauma, and some of this section is universal (such as 'working from the body up', which I have learned on my own to be the best method).

  • Karina Vargas
    2019-04-06 05:18

    Trauma is really strange: ¡4 estrellas!Una novela gráfica distinta sobre temas interesantes. En este caso, el trauma o los episodios traumáticos, que en otras palabras pueden ser todo aquello que nos genere estrés; y el estrés puede ser muchas cosas: desde una situación de peligro hasta sentir frío. Por eso, ante tanta amplitud de definiciones, está bueno que alguien trate de explicar de qué se trata todo esto, y mejor aún si se hace de una forma tan didáctica con en este caso.Algunas cosas ya las conocía, otras explicaciones fueron nuevas para mí. Algo que destaco es que no se basa en una sola teoría o investigación, sino que aborda el tema desde más de una perspectiva. Incluso lo analiza desde distintas ciencias, como la Neurofisiología y la Psicología, e intenta integrar todo para llegar a una conclusión sencilla y esperanzadora.Siempre pensé que la Psicología, entre otras cosas, se encarga de poner nombre a eso que hacemos, sentimos o nos pasa en el día a día; y no hay nada de malo en eso ni en nosotros. Acá, lo que Steve Haines intenta hacer es enseñarnos que eso que nos sucede en una situación traumática es hasta fisiológicamente normal. Sin embargo, no lo hace para que nos convirtamos en unos expertos en reconocer qué nos causa estrés o por qué lo hace, sino para que sepamos cómo responder para controlarlo un poco mejor e ir aprendiendo de las reacciones de nuestro propio organismo en el pasado para aplicarlo en el presente y futuro. Porque a veces no sabemos por qué sentimos o reaccionamos de una forma, pero podemos aprender a entenderlo y controlarlo de a poco para sobrellevarlo, y así volver una situación traumática algo más apacible.Interesante y recomendable.

  • Ana
    2019-04-18 05:13

    I need more books/comics/graphic representations like this one!Taking a "serious" & heavily researched topic and turning it into a charming and colourfully simplified version, not missing on the most significant references in this field of study. I great starting point for those interested to learn more about trauma and how it affects us!

  • Kristine
    2019-04-20 07:17

    Trauma is Really Strange by Steve Haines is a free NetGalley ebook that I read during an early morning in December. Being as I live with free-floating anxiety nearly everyday, I knew that this book could offer a new perspective (even though the cover looks a little bit like the Handbook for the Recently Deceased from Beetlejuice).This book is actually a 30-page ecomic/handbook that relates information through traditional comicbook cells (usually progressive horizontal rectangles) with non-traditional animation. It's sort of a cross between 50's PSA drawings and neo-modern-realist art to show physical activity, tension, and the workings of the brain with its two main focal colors being greenish-aqua and muted scarlet. Never once does the language of this book droop to levels of fluffy self-help or the impossibly high heights of academic diagnoses. Instead, it strafes right in the middle; approachable, informative and reassuring. It's also quite apparent that the writer is British, since his reassurance is respectful, offers guidance, and isn't too cloying with self-love drivel. All-around, a great read to turn to in disassociation or re-orientation.

  • M. Jane Colette
    2019-04-15 00:20

    This is a BRILLIANT, absolutely brilliant, comprehensible in its entirety explanation of what trauma is--to both those trying to work through it and those trying to understand what it is that happens in the minds-bodies of their loved ones. The author and illustrator work so well together to a) tell a story that's b) supported by academic / scientific researchc) but never bogged down itd) simple to understand but never simplifiedI wish I had read this book three, five, ten years ago.So grateful it is now in my life.There is an adjunct book: Pain is Really Strange, and that's next on my read list.

  • Finbar
    2019-04-13 01:29

    This is a great graphic representation of very dense research into how we experience and process trauma. It highlights some of the concepts and inferences of research into this topic from the last two decades and presents the information in an easily digestible format. This is a great way to demystify the insights we have gained from recent scientific research. It is a great addition to my waiting room library.

  • Sean Lambert
    2019-03-25 08:19

    A brilliant synthesis of work by contemporary trauma researchers. And it's a comic book. This is now my first recommendation to anyone interested in theories about what causes trauma, how it manifests, and how it can be resolved. Really amazing work. Also check out Pain is Really Strange.

  • Lexie
    2019-04-21 00:31

    Want a primer on trauma? Here it is. Published in 2016, Steve Haines' graphic distillation of what trauma is and how we can mend some of its effects is loaded with wisdom. It's as if Haines was invited into the minds of sages like Peter Levine, Bessel van der Kolk, and Stephen Porges, and drew out the essence of what we need to know. This little book is a gem and I'd love to see it in the hands of every person on the planet. If you wonder what trauma is, or if you want to help another person understand it, here's the place to begin. You can read the book in 20 minutes ... and read it again and again, for memory's sake. The illustrations are easy on the eye, the colours rendered in tones that are neither too bright nor too muted. Trauma is Really Strange is a "Welcome home" manual for all of us. Who hasn't experienced excessive stress, for starters? Every permutation of trauma, from "mere" overwhelm to single-event disaster, to complex and developmental trauma, is addressed. Everyone can relate to something in this book. It's also an excellent primer on how the human brain and nervous system function -- and how they can be injured. As a coda, there's hope. Our innate resilience and capacity for healing is highlighted, and tips for self-care are given, some based on David Berceli's TRE (Trauma Releasing Exercises), and some as simple as going outside for a walk. Best of all, Haines makes it clear -- based on his excellent research and distillation of facts -- that trauma is a whole-person, visceral, body-based experience, and so are the best medicines for it. Thoreau wrote, "Simplify, simplify." Thank you, Steve Haines, for applying his advice.Spread this book far and wide!

  • Julia Erlanger
    2019-04-04 05:23

    Really short book, really heavy content. Take as a reference, or in small doses, or with notes for future use so you only have to read it once. This book echoes a lot of current thought about trauma, as evidenced by TED talks and my therapist and conference presenters who talk about building resilience through grounding activities. This book has lots of citations to back up what they’re saying, and good information on how trauma impacts the body, and how we can build resilience to overcome the body and brain’s learned responses to stress. But I’m not sure who this book is for. Professionals will likely find this too basic. People in therapy have probably already worked on these things with their therapist. People who aren’t in therapy might not be self aware enough of their body’s unconscious responses to trauma to be able to use this advice, and the book is so short that it might be hard to implement with repeated practice the techniques prescribed. Maybe this is for teens doing research reports? Maybe it’s self help for those who don’t want to read 300-page books? Maybe it’s a marketing tool for the bodyworker author?I don’t know. But I liked it regardless. Medium recommend.

  • Emilia P
    2019-04-20 07:14

    Hmmm... I don't remember how this book is different from the comic about PTSD? More graphics of brain anatomy? Eh! If I can't remember, I'm not sure it was particularly amazing. Goodish technical stuff, but ...maybe Graphic Medicine needs to get together on making some omnibuses of this kind of stuff.

  • Matthew Noe
    2019-03-29 01:14

    A clear introduction to the way physiology drives trauma and what we can do to, if not resolve, learn to understand and better live with it. The illustrations take a back seat but provide a visual guide for the metaphor heavy language and a look inside the body.

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    2019-04-16 00:32

  • Ellen
    2019-04-06 04:13

    A lot of potential but it felt like it could have easily been twice the length.

  • Heather
    2019-04-13 02:20

    I want to give this to everyone I know. It's an approachable guide to understanding how trauma works and the processes it serves.

  • Maggie Ignasiak
    2019-04-07 07:09

    Would recommend to anyone trying to understand their own trauma or anyone else's experience. It is easy to understand and has great references. This book felt more like a conversation than a lesson.

  • Charlotte
    2019-04-16 01:13

    This is a really, really, really good introduction to the concept of trauma, especially as it relates to stress and PTSD, and to an extent, DID (MPD).It is a very short comic-book which is very easy and fast to read - and gets the point across very well. While I'm not convinced by the argument about birth trauma being remembered, it is well explained. The biological/brain basis of the trauma reaction are also very nicely laid out without too much of the technical jargon which I think puts many people off when they are reading about this sort of thing if they haven't actually studied Psychology/Neuroscience at all. The key message is that the body/brain is very resilient and can cope, and goes on to present several key strategies which can be utilised as needed. I'm not sure if it intended on doing this, but it illustrates the concept of dissociation extremely well - and would serve as an excellent introduction to Dissociative Identity Disorder (or at least the theory that DID, formerly MPD, is caused by childhood trauma). It is a bit of a shame that that is not explored further. Many thanks to NetGalley for providing a free proof copy in exchange for an unbiased review.

  • Andrea Norton
    2019-04-06 01:29

    I received a copy of Trauma is Really Strange from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I have read a lot on trauma - I mean, a ton. I grew up with a father who has severe PTSD from a work accident that almost killed him, and my husband has severe Combat PTSD. I've read anything and everything I could get my hands on about trauma and various mental illnesses. This short ebook was fantastic! It is in comic form, and full of information. It's very easy to read and friendly. Anything medical can be overwhelming, and that wasn't the case at all with this one. While there are a lot of technical terms, it is all well explained. The illustrations are phenomenal. As much as I enjoy reading and learning, the illustrations were the best part for me. They're drawn very well and are a great tool in helping to explain what the page is talking about. At the bottom of each page is a footnote citing sources and explaining things more. I enjoyed that as it's a great resource to find out more information based on what is on that particular page. If you're interested in trauma, this is for you. Even if you are like me and have read a ton about trauma, the brain and mental illness, this ebook is a great addition to your collection and knowledge base.

    2019-04-13 05:34

    This book is the perfect example in which illustrations and cartoon can be used to explain in a very clear and deep way a very difficult topic like trauma. Trough the pictures we got to know the biological and neurological substrate of the trauma and we also learn how to overcome it.Questo breve libro é l'esempio perfetto di come illustrazioni e fumetti possono essere utilizzati per spiegare in modo chiaro ed approfondito un argomento difficile come puó essere quello del trauma. Attraverso le figure veniamo a scoprire i vari sottostrati neurologici e biologici del trauma e di come si puó superarlo.THANKS TO NETGALLEY AND JESSICA KINGSLEY PUBLISHERS FOR THE PREVIEW!

  • Deirdre
    2019-03-22 02:24

    Interesting book on Trauma and what it can do to your brain and how you can work with it to change things.

  • Trixie
    2019-04-18 08:05

    Accessible graphic presentation of trauma, it's effects, and the healing process. Great illustrations - text could be a little bit larger.