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Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America's Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing Hardcover – January 1, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0963401120 ISBN-10: 0963401122 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 235 pages
  • Publisher: Uptone Press; 1st edition (2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963401122
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963401120
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a very thoughtful read.
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A human society can only be hierarchical because the brain can only work hierarchically and nature is hierarchically structured.
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Dr. Leary's analysis is clear, detailed, and moving.
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69 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Bevanurse2u on April 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I read this book cover to cover in 2 sittings. It is just that fascinating and riveting. The author cites relevant patterns of behavior in African Americans that has a direct linkage back to mistreatment as an enslaved people who developed extraordinary survival coping strategies. This is the type of book that should be shared with family members or in book clubs. It should not be put on a coffee table to catch dust there are too many vital messages in these pages. Initially i was a little turned off by the title but now that i have completed reading the book the title makes complete sense and the research on the issue in this book is extraordinary and enlightening. AN OUTSTANDING BOOK THAT MUST BE READ!
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By A. L. Branson on August 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is a healing work for any Blacks who have wondered about behaviors that seem natural to us and so different to whites. It is a history lesson a soothing salve and a book of hope for those in despair over the rising violence in inner cities as well as negative lifestyles. It is without equivocation a tour de force!!!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By tamara on April 30, 2009
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A must read! This is an excellent book and it answers so many questions. Anyone interested in the differences and experiences of black Americans should read this book. Kudos to Dr. Leary.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Glenda Clare on November 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
He that does not know and understand his/her past, is doomed to repeat it.

In her book, Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome (PTSS), Dr. Joy Leary presents information to enlighten thought regarding behaviors prevalent in the African American community. I believe that PTSS exists and should be treated. First, it must be understood! The author provides information to enhance understanding about the realities of African Americans living in American post slavery culture. PTSS should be required reading for health and human service professionals working with the African American population.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dr VickersBey JD on November 18, 2010
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Very well done book that does not make Black People feel angry nor White People guilty but from a gentle and skillful psychological point of view the book will "have you considered the impact of this or that upon both races as the result of Slavery in America?" A folk-like homespun way of tell these truths that masks the clinical questions that all trained psychologist asked..."and how would (does) that make you feel for all of us who ever sat on a couch?" The book made me consider the psychological impact of daily slave life with a WOW again and again as I never thought of the situations the book made me consider. The shared dehumanization of both whites and blacks due to the slave experience which goes a long way towards explaining to me why we as a country cannot truly discuss slavery's impact today. I found it self-healing and very necessary for all, both black and white, but especially for the victims of the African Holocaust my terminology not hers. I thought Dr. Leary PhD, did an excellent job and a high school or even a 6 grader could read the material without difficulty.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A. on September 15, 2012
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I purchased this book because I had many questions I wanted answered. Most of them were questions of "Why?". My biggest question was why we as black people have so many unhealthy habits in how we treat each other.

As a young African American male who was raised by his mother in a predominantly white suburban area, I wanted to know why, when I encountered other black youth in more urban areas, they would tell me I "talk white." What is "talking white?" Basically, talking white means I was talking like I have an education. Why do so many members of the black community (those without an education) reject me for valuing education? Why is it that when one black person fidns a way out of the ghetto, it seems the whole neighborhood, church included, condems that person for leaving "his/her people" and wanting to live in the suburbs with the whites? Why don't we support one-another in this society that has always held us from achieving our full potential?

I wanted to learn why we seem to have no clue of who we are, and so many of us, young and old, strive to "prove" we are "black enough." So talking a certain way makes us black? Or is it eating certain foods that makes us "black"? Listening to only certain kinds of music? We lack a firm sense of cultural identity. We take rebellious pride in being at the bottom, and equate success with "whiteness." We denounce the achievements of any black person and ostracize him from the community. We work to pressure our own to stay at the bottom.

In this very interesting book, the author, Dr. Joy Degruy Leary, proposes a number of explanations for why the African American community has developed these and other unhealthy cultural habits.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By EstherBradley-DeTally on February 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Joy DeGruy's Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome is, to me, at the top of the list for most important books; how to heal the gashes in society, and she's right on. Did I mention I'm 71, a white lady, you know those who aren't supposed to care or didn't vote for Obama, or, or, or. Poppycock! It is one of my life's passions to promote her book, her DVD (awesome, awesome) and the concept. Dr. Joy DeGruy, is in this writer's view, one of the heroines of our age and of future ages. You haven't heard it all, but some day people will marvel at her message, a straight tipped arrow, delivered with clarity, passion and authenticity, bringing out what we've always known, "there's an elephant in the room."

Run to the store, find her DVD, whizz over to your friends' houses, tents, flats, whatever. I'm a writer (Esther Bradley-DeTally) and I tell you, "There aren't enough words in the universe to praise this book." Buy it and put it into action.
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