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Hidden in Plain Sight, Revised 2nd Edition: Getting to the Bottom of Puzzling Emotions Paperback – January 25, 2007


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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Vanderwyk & Burnham (January 25, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1889242292
  • ISBN-13: 978-1889242293
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,340,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An extremely insightful book that will be of value to everyone who reads it. -- Elizabeth Caulfield Felt, Library Journal

Highly recommended. -- Midwest Book Review

Poignant case examples. Widely read, well organized, passionate author. A nice paradox here: to honor one's mothers and fathers by imagining them as children. -- E. James Lieberman, Foreword Magazine

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Two-time award winner: Silver Book of the Year in Psychology/Mental Health (Independent Publisher), Honorable Mention in Family & Relationships (Foreword magazine)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 13, 2007
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Psychiatrist Barry Grosskopf draws upon his years of experience and his patient histories in Hidden in Plain Sight: Getting to the Bottom of Puzzling Emotions, a guide to understanding how powerful emotions and emotional responses can be formed, why and how trauma ranging from addiction or sexual abuse to PTSD can be spread intergenerationally, how intimate relationships such as marriage can further the healing process, and why it is important to have compassion and understanding for one's parents, no matter how atrociously they have behaved, before one can effectively and consciously embrace one's own healing ability. Written in plain terms for readers of all backgrounds, Hidden in Plain Sight is a highly informed and informative look at how powerful emotional responses affect the biological wiring of the human brain and nervous system, particularly in the case of childhood (or even infancy) incidents leaving a lasting imprint, with useful strategies for learning to adjust to and cope with the fallout from trauma or abuse. Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte Thompson on September 10, 2007
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Barry Grosskopf has incredible insite into the dynamics of intergenerational miscommunication. So often, knowing the story changes everything. This is an excellent read for anyyone who ever encountered conflict with an close family member. In other words, it's an excellent choice for everyone. It's on the top 10 list of important books that I've read and I've been reading for 55 years.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By westreader on February 7, 2007
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Early in this remarkable analysis of why people are the way they are, Dr. Grosskopf lets the reader have it. Although Freud has become an easy target, still he did invent his discipline, and he has much to teach. But he suffered, as this author so clearly writes, "The restricted focus of self-analysis [that] left Freud with substantial gaps in his own self-understanding." With a cunning that William James would admire, Grosskopf reaches into the wisdom of ancient texts, and reminds us that it isn't always just about us. What informs us is what went before, and thus it is that the generational influences-often so unseen to us-are, nonetheless, still in there. Kandel's new biology of memory substantiates this idea.

Freud never considered his work finished, and was overly influenced by his own neurotic clientele. HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT is another step down the road that began in Vienna.
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Reviewed by Catherine Phelps for Reader Views (1/07)

Dr. Barry Grosskopf makes his home on Vashon Island in Washington with his wife. His psychiatric practice focuses on the underserved, underprivileged and difficult-to-treat patients. His book is written with stories of some of his patients, their pain and healing. In this easy to read book, Dr. Grosskopf describes how all of us, whether seldom or frequently feel an unexplained pain within along with sadness.

Few of us have had enough open communication with our parents or grandparents to be able to empathize with the struggles and triumphs they have endured. However, by questioning them or other elders in our extended family, the answers may be found to our present pain. Unknown to our conscience mind, this understanding could be the key to peace within our nuclear family.

The traumas we endure are many, from war to domestic violence. When left unspoken and hidden within ourselves, the scars of this trauma can show its effect across generations. Through understanding our parents and their parents' pain, an understanding of our fear and pain can come to light. Whether this pain manifests itself from us to our children or spouses, healing and freedom from the shackles of trauma can occur.

The message spoken the loudest within this book is that we are not drequired to love our parents and grandparents. Rather, by understanding how they felt with their personal problems and trauma brings understanding to us for their actions. Throughout our lives, we need to ask ourselves, "Where are you?" We will often find that our reaction to a situation is being shaped by what happened a generation or possibly two ago.
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