Most people were brought up with love and were cared and given attention by their parents. Unfortunately for some people, as children, they were brought up under very toxic environments.
They were neglected, bullied and even physically abused by their own parents. For this reason, they carried that painful experience with them and continue to relive those situations everyday even as adults, something that made them develop Complex PTSD.
So, is it possible for such people to get help?
A huge YES!
If you are a victim of this disorder, read on to learn more from a person who through his book shares his experience with PTSD to help you get started on your journey to recovery! The book is titled, “Complex PTSD” book.
Inside this Complex PTSD book review, I will be helping you understand the most essential areas of the book like the gist of it, some more meat of the book, comparison with another great book on this topic, the pro’s and con’s, customer reviews, video reviews on it, who the book is for, where best to buy it and my final thoughts on the book.
Without further ado, let’s get started on this book review.
Name: Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving: A Guide and Map for Recovering from Childhood Trauma
Author: Pete Walker
Best Place to Buy: www.amazon.com
Genre: Self Help Book
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: December 13, 2013
The Gist Of The Book
This is a book that guides you through how you can recover from the effects of childhood trauma and also how you can live a fulfilling life.
The book is very relatable because it gives recovery stories from both the author and his clients.
If you do not have Complex PTSD but want to help a loved one that suffers from it, the book comes in handy for you too.
The book is really helpful because it offers techniques and practical tools for recovering from the disorder.
Even great, the book acts as a map to help you see what you have accomplished and what you should work on.
This helps you be in control of your progress.
The author of this book is called, Pete Walker.
I found out that he is a licensed family and marriage psychotherapist and has degrees in Social Work and Counseling Psychology.
He has been working as a lecturer, writer, group leader and counselor, for thirty five years and also as a consultant, trainer and supervisor of other therapists for 20 other years.
It will also interest you to learn that Pete holds certificates in supervision from The Psychotherapy Institute in Berkeley and The California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.
His articles on treating Complex PTSD have been published in a number of therapy websites and magazines.
He has had a great deal of recovery from his own Complex PTSD, and his professionalism on the area has been inspired by his own 40 year recovery journey.
Pete and his family live in San Francisco Bay Area.
Some More Meat Of The Book
In this section, I decided to look at a few things I find most interesting from the book. They could help you in a great way too.
I found interesting how the author explains the relationship between physical sensation and emotion.
He explains how feelings often co-occur with physical sensations in the body. And also exactly how sensations of tension and tightness develop as a defense against your feelings.
He has also explained how unexpressed feelings pile up and how keeping them under control requires great muscular tension.
Another part I loved was how he described the importance of reparenting affirmations to children.
Here, he has broken down the art of giving positive reassurance to children and how it builds them up in a huge way.
On the Origin Of Complex PTSD, the author has also given a different dimension of perspective that even though mostly it is caused by long periods of sexual or physical abuse in childhood, his observations have brought him to the conclusion that ongoing emotional and verbal abuse also causes it.
And you will get to learn why he says that, inside the book.
Pete has also delved into abusive parents and how their actions coupled with their attitudes towards children play a great role in the condition.
There are so many other juices aspects tackled in the book that you are going to find quite useful, educative and helpful with regards to PTSD.
Allow me to leave it at that so that I let you get the full information in the book as I feel very compelled to share everything, which is not good. 🙂
Who is The Book For?
The book targets victims of Complex PTSD but if you would also like to learn more on the disorder to help your loved one or increase your understanding on the subject, the book is for you too.
Pros and Con’s Of The Book
* The author is an expert in the area. Most of the readers have loved and trusted his work because of the rewarding insights shared in the book.
* The book is very relatable to its readers. The author’s passion for his work is driven by his own experience with the disorder, something that every reader going through the disorder can relate with. If he recovered, so can they.
* The book is an excellent guide through recovery process. The book acts as a map to get you in control of your recovery process.
* The book is quite repetitive.
On the book’s defense though, I feel that repetition is good in a book to lay emphasis on key areas of the book. I’m sure you will see that when you get to read it yourself.
Complex PTSD Book Vs Covert Emotional Manipulation Exposed! by John Mentory.
Covert Emotional Manipulation Exposed! is a book that look at emotional manipulation in general.
From the book you will learn important things such as:
* Weapons and tactics used by emotional manipulators to achieve their own selfish needs.
* How to regain control of your life
* How you can fight back from covert emotional manipulation.
Although the content in these two books is slightly different, both books are useful in helping you heal from any form of emotional torture.
I highly recommend that you read both books.
Customer Reviews, What Previous Readers Are Saying About it!
I took time to look at what people that have read the book were saying and this is what I got:
One reader said that the book was really helpful in guiding her through the recovery process of the disorder.
Another reader said that the book was insightful, brilliant, nurturing enlightening and the best he has read on emotional trauma.
Another reader also said that the book is highly recommended for anyone that has the disorder.
There was also a reader that said reading the book felt like someone was watching his experiences and writing about them.
On the negative side,
Few readers on this side expressed that the book simply did not work out for them for various reasons.
Seeing that those who loved the book were more than those who gave negative reviews on it, I felt like there were folks who didn’t give the book enough time to digest the information and work with it.
I do encourage you to read the book yourself and see if it works on your particular situation.
I also watched a few videos on the book and noticed that most people gave good feedback on it.
Here is one of them.
Where Best To Order Your Copy
To get yourself a copy of this eye opening book, I encourage you to go to www.amazon.com. This is because I find buying from the store to have so many benefits because you get:
* Free access to prime reading
* Free shipping for print book
* No extra cost once you get one kindle first ebook a month
* Free access to audible channels and so much more
As I conclude this review I would like you to remember that from the book you will learn:
* The origin of Complex PTSD
* How parents should handle their children
* Facts on Complex PTSD.
* A handful of useful insights into PTSD
* And more
My Final Thoughts on the Book
I think Pete Walker has written a great and comprehensive study on the origin, symptoms and treatment of complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD).
I therefore recommend this book to anyone that experiences the disorder and needs help to get started on the journey of recovery.
Personally, I feel that the book does work.
I urge you to kindly take the advice in it seriously and work constantly with it because that way it will help you handle the health issue.
And that is all about the book.
Another great book I recommend you to read is called What to say when you talk yourself. Really great book!
I would really love to know your thoughts comments as well as questions on the book. I will get right back to you as soon as I see them. I’ll be waiting for them.
Remember healing from Complex PTSD is possible, and you can do it!