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Waking the Tiger
Peter Levine

Waking the Tiger offers a new and hopeful vision of trauma. It views the human animal as a unique being, endowed with an instinctual capacity. It asks and answers an intriguing question: why are animals in the wild, though threatened routinely, rarely traumatized? By understanding the dynamics that make wild animals virtually immune to traumatic symptoms, the mystery of human trauma is revealed.

Waking the Tiger normalises the symptoms of trauma and the steps needed to heal them. People are often traumatized by seemingly ordinary experiences. The reader is taken on a guided tour of the subtle, yet powerful impulses that govern our responses to overwhelming life events. To do this, it employs a series of exercises that help us focus on bodily sensations. Through heightened awareness of these sensations trauma can be healed.


The Mindful way through Depression: freeing yourself from chronic unhappiness
Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal and Jon Kabat-Zinn.

"This is a helpful book for readers interested in mindfulness and meditation approaches to treating depression" Christopher J Graver PhD

Mindsight: Change your brain and your life Daniel J Siegel.

"Through beautiful and often remarkable case histories, this book shows us the principles we can use to better understand ourselves....and change our minds, brains, relationships and some lifelong character traits." Norman Doidge, MD.

Rewire your brain: think your way to a better life John B. Arden, PhD

"Once thought to be 'hard-wired', the brain is actually 'soft-wired' by experience - meaning it is possible to rewire parts of your brain to improve everything from your mood and your memory to your relationships, sleeping habits and more." From the book's cover

Parenting from the Inside out: how a deeper self-understanding can help you raise children who thrive Daniel J Siegel & Mary Hartzell.

"A child psychiatrist and an early childhood expert reveal that the first step in raising happy and healthy children is to fully understand and learn from your own childhood experiences." From the book's cover

Living with It
Bev Aisbett
This handbook "provides useful tips on changing negative thought patterns, seeking professional help and ultimately beating 'It' " Fiona Kelly


The Whole-brain Child.
Daniel J Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson.

Complete with clear explanations, age-appropriate strategies for dealing with day-to-day struggles and illustrations that will help you explain these concepts to your child, this book shows you how to cultivate healthy emotional and intellectual development so that your children can lead balanced, meaningful, and connected lives. Goodreads website

The Science of Parenting
Attached at the Heart
The Attachment Parenting Book
The Other Baby Book
Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids
Sleeping with Your Baby
The Science of Mother-Baby Sleep
Free and online: Caring and Connected Parenting
(The above listing comes from American Pre and Perinatal Psychology website.)