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The Primal Wound

Author : Nancy Newton Verrier
ISBN : 1905664761
Genre : Adopted children
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Originally published in 1993, this classic piece of literature on adoption has revolutionised the way people think about adopted children. Nancy Verrier examines the life-long consequences of the 'primal wound' - the wound that is caused when a child is separated from its mother - for adopted people. Her argument is supported by thorough research in pre- and perinatal psychology, attachment, bonding and the effects of loss.
Category: Adopted children

Coming Home To Self

Author : Nancy Verrier
ISBN : 1905664818
Genre : Adoptees
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Although written with adopted children and adult adoptees in mind, Coming Home to Self is a book that can help anyone who has experienced an early childhood trauma or feels the need to re-examine their life and who they are. From understanding basic trauma and the neurological consequences of trauma to step by step methods of healing, Verrier's book will help readers discover their true self, take responsibility for that self and discover their personal spiritual path.
Category: Adoptees

The Primal Wound

Author : John Firman
ISBN : 0791432947
Genre : Psychology
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Argues that a primal wounding of the human spirit occurs in earliest human life that disrupts fundamental relationships and leads to anxiety, loneliness, and alienation; and shows how this wounding can be redeemed through therapy and through living one's life differently. To many of us, modern life is a headlong rush to avoid dark feelings that threaten to disrupt our lives at every turn. In order to block the surging tide of this hidden level of experience, we become enthralled with violence, sex, and mass media and addicted to alcohol, drugs, and power, and we compulsively strive for romance, success, and control. All of this, according to the authors, can be traced to the primal wound--a dark specter of isolation, abandonment, and alienation haunting human life. The primal wound is the result of a violation we all suffer in various ways, beginning in early childhood and continuing throughout life. Because we are treated not as individual, unique human beings but as objects, our intrinsic, authentic sense of self is annihilated. This primal wounding breaks the fundamental relationships that form the fabric of human existence: the relationship to oneself, to other people, to the natural world, and to a sense of transpersonal meaning symbolized in concepts such as the Divine, the Ground of Being, and Ultimate Reality. In this book, Firman and Gila apply object relations theory, self-psychology, transpersonal psychology, and psychosynthesis to the issues of psychological wounding, healing, and growth and show how this wounding can be redeemed through therapy and through changing one's way of living. "Firman and Gila integrate important material from diverse schools of psychology and then expand it with their personal touch. The Primal Wound presents a scholarly--yet understandable to the educated lay person--description of some of the important dynamics of psychological wounding from a broad perspective, while also going deep into the soul and even exploring our relationship to God. There is little available on this topic and in the area of trauma psychology." -- Charles Whitfield, M.D., author of Memory and Abuse: Remembering and Healing the Wounds of Trauma "I believe this book's central thesis to be highly provocative and important. Its strength is that it uses the idea of the 'primal wound' as a focus for a diverse collection of ideas from various sectors of the psychological and transpersonal literature. This kind of integrative scholarly work is very valuable. " -- John Suler, author of Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Eastern Thought John Firman and Ann Gila are teachers, authors, and psychotherapists in private practice in Palo Alto, California. Both were trained in psychosynthesis in the early 1970s, and Firman trained with its founder, Roberto Assagioli. They are adjunct faculty members at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and lead public and professional programs both in the United States and abroad.
Category: Psychology

Adopted Women And Biological Fathers

Author : Elizabeth Hughes
ISBN : 9781315536361
Genre : Psychology
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Adopted Women and Biological Fathers offers a critical and deconstructive challenge to the dominant notions of adoptive identity. The author explores adoptive women’s experiences of meeting their biological fathers and reflects on personal narratives to give an authoritative overview of both the field of adoption and the specific history of adoption reunion. This book takes as its focus the narratives of 14 adopted women, as well as the partly fictionalised story of the author and examines their experiences of birth father reunion in an attempt to dissect the ways in which we understand adoptive female subjectivity through a psychosocial lens. Opening a space for thinking about the role of the discursively neglected biological father, this book exposes the enigmatic dimensions of this figure and how telling the relational story of 'reconciliation' might be used to complicate wider categories of subjective completeness, belonging, and truth. This book attempts to subvert the culturally normative unifying system of the mother-child bond, and prompts the reader to think about what the biological father might represent and how his role in relation to adoptive female subjects may be understood. This book will be essential reading for those in critical psychology, gender studies, narrative work, sociology and psychosocial studies, as well as appealing to anyone interested in adoption issues and female subjectivity.
Category: Psychology

Primal Wound

Author : Ruth Francisco
ISBN : 1466165073
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When Cicely Scott sets out to find her birthmother in rural New Hampshire, she uncovers a dark family saga of insanity and murder. Meanwhile, in San Francisco, Homicide Inspector Val Picard suspects Cicely may be responsible for the disappearance of a young preschool teacher. Lies and betrayal lead to additional murders. But who is at fault?


Author : David England
ISBN : 9780429905148
Genre : Psychology
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This book brings the wisdom of the ancient healing practice of shamanism together with the insights of contemporary psychology to provide an integrated approach to the treatment of traumatic symptoms.'Soulfulness' has two historic shamanic roots: Mayan and Native American psychology - a psychology of Self - as expressed in the many aspects of the Medicine Wheel, the wheel of health and wholeness; and the Shamanic Journey and Soul Retrieval, as practiced in traditional societies throughout the world, notably the Tungus tribes of Siberia. This book presents the ancient wisdom of shamanic theory and practice in a form which is fit for use within the mainstream of twenty-first century psychotherapeutic endeavour, including an extensive explanation of Shamanic Psychology and a practical description of the ceremonies of the Shamanic Journey and Soul Retrieval.
Category: Psychology

Run For Your Life

Author : Jill Jolliffe
ISBN : 9781922213402
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Unwillingly given up by her birth mother and adopted into a violent household, Jill Jolliffe found the course of her life set before she even had time to choose. She ran away as a teenager and has been running ever since. Jolliffe became a thorn in the establishment’s side and earned herself a hefty ASIO file. Following her instincts, she became a foreign correspondent – risking her life to report on Indonesia’s occupation of East Timor, exposing sex-trafficking rackets in Portugal and ducking bullets while covering a war in Angola. Over time she realises that the recurring pattern of her career has been reporting the stories of young women in distress, as though trying to free her younger self from the chains of being a ‘Forgotten Australian’. In the course of writing her memoir, an unexpected meeting with her birth mother takes her life full circle.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Primal Shrug

Author : Ryan Layne Whitney
ISBN : 9780595201648
Genre : Psychology
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Do you find that the cuddly, coddling type of self-help book either lulls you into a merely temporary state of well being, or makes you want to throw up? Then take on the bracing, no-nonsense approach: The Primal Shrug! No touchy-feely, milk-toast twaddle here! You will learn how to unload the excess baggage of unfruitful seriousness and fearful anticipation of what others will say and think, and get on with your own life, not just the world's idea of what you should be. Through many humorous yet useful examples, a series of situations that relate to almost everyone's everyday life, and some specific techniques that you can practice on your unwary friends, co-workers, and loved ones, you will learn to rise above the usual run of tedious life experience, and find fresh interest in things that you used to think weren't at all absurd -- until now. Apply the Primal Shrug to all aspects of the world around you, learn its very simple yet potent principles, and see what a facelift the world and everything in it will get!
Category: Psychology

The Romantic Dream

Author : Douglas B. Wilson
ISBN : 0803247613
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Although criticism on the medieval and Renaissance dream abounds, a strange lacuna exists in the critical literature of dream in the English Romantics. Every major Romantic poet relied frequently and explicitly on dream imagery, and Romantic poems conduct a long discussion about the meaning, power, value, and provenance of dreams. Douglas B. Wilson's book traces the wide web of connections that the Romantics wove between dreams and other expressions of consciousness: sensation, emotions, illusions, creativity, personality, and memory. Situating his study of the Wordsworthian dream between ancient interpretation and Freudian interpretation, Wilson gains a new perspective on the oneiric moment of Romanticism while liberating it from a narrowly psychoanalytic reading. Wordsworth embodies virtually all of the dream theory of his time, thus making him the perfect object of Wilson's multiple approaches to dream activity as poetic creation. - Back cover.
Category: Literary Criticism

First Steps In Parenting The Child Who Hurts

Author : Caroline Archer
ISBN : 9781853028014
Genre : Family & Relationships
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Offers advice for adoptive parents on attachment and developmental issues arising from separation, loss, and trauma in early childhood.
Category: Family & Relationships