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'Dr. Janyne provides a rare glimpse into the world of mental illness. Her insights into the healing process are both profound and articulate. The way she painstakingly honors herself in the telling of the story allows the reader to respect her as both the subject matter and the narrator (teacher) who explains a very difficult experience to understand. Truly an inspiration, this story of the successful journey from broken and dissociative to integrated and fully aware provides an excellent narrative for anyone who desires understanding about what it takes to overcome the very real, lasting effects of unprocessed trauma in a child's life. I highly recommend it for the professional and for those who love someone living with mental illness like dissociative disorders.' -- --Kiersten Adkins, Executive Director, Pathway To Hope
'Janyne McConnaughey rewrites the story controlling her life. With the courage to heal, she uses all the resources at her disposal to overcome helplessness, despair, and brokenness. God's uncontrolling love beckons her forward. The emerging narrative is life, joy, and intimacy. McConnaughey's faithful imagination and audacity help her persevere with hope. An inspiring memoir of tenacious mercy.' ----Lon Marshall, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
With courage, candor and clinical perception, Janyne McConnaughey, who at the brave age of 61, under the guidance of a skilled and loving therapist in EMDR, embarked on a grueling journey; a journey through, and out of, a world of repressed wounds from childhood trauma. Here we meet her multiple adult personalities, her hiding, wounded children and witness the power of the human spirit to rise above pain. She has documented the astonishing ability of the human mind to bury trauma in a grave of unconsciousness, and yet still attain to greater than normal performance and notable accomplishments in life. It is an arresting testimony to the tragic outcome of neglected and damaged children. Whatever happens to children affects them for a lifetime. Thanks to such a tenacious, transparent and tender author, we are all afforded the high hope that healing is possible, no matter the depth of the hidden wounds. Brave is a highly recommended read for therapists, concerned family and patients alike.' ----Alice Scott-Ferguson, therapist and author
'Janyne McConnaughey bravely becomes the voice for children who have experienced attachment wounding and trauma. I highly recommend this book for all professionals who work with children and adults that struggle with attachment and the far reaching effects of childhood trauma. Not only does her book provide insight into the painful experience of trauma but helps the reader understand the 'why' behind the behavior of a hurting child. Janyne also boldly speaks hope, which is so desperately needed by those impacted by trauma and the hurt of disrupted attachment.' -- --Heather C. Thompson, Child and Family Therapist, A Safe Place to Grow Counseling
'Not an easy read, yet impossible to put down, Janyne McConnaughey's personal story captures the heart from the first page, as she courageously unfolds the abuse she experienced from early childhood through her adult years. At the beginning, I found it almost too terrifying to read, but the author and her skilled therapist beckoned me into this story of deep pain and ultimately healing and wholeness. It will move your heart and may unwrap a few memories of your own as you turn its pages. The good news is that there is promised healing for all who are brave enough to tread back through their own journey.'----Susan Elaine Jenkins, author of Scandalon: Running from Shame and Finding God's Scandalous Love
'As a colleague and friend of Janyne's, I walked through this painful time of discovery and therapy with her shortly after the birth of my first child. Janyne's therapy not only profoundly changed her life, but it also profoundly affected me and helped form my parenting practices. I now view the thoughts and memories of a child during early formative years as much more robust than I ever thought possible. I highly recommend this book to all parents because trauma may occur to a child in spite of a diligent parent's protective efforts. Parents need to know emotional and psychological help is available today that can heal a child before life-long damage is done. Although tragic, Janyne's story gives parents hope that raising a happy, healthy child is possible when they actively participate in their child's life. From Janyne's story we learn that we need to listen to the children, believe the children, protect the children, and love the children in our lives.' -- --Leslie R. Mikesell, Ph.D. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
Interview with Janyne McConnaughey
Dr. McConnaughey, tell us a little about your life.
The life story I always told was a pretty idyllic 1950s childhood. Much of my story of growing up in a preacher's home and serving in church-related educational ministries, and my now thirty-eight year marriage--was, on the surface, a wonderful life!
You are aware most who say they have Dissociative Identity Disorder do not have idyllic descriptions of their lives? Did others notice signs in you?
The disorder is mostly hidden and often misdiagnosed. In my journey, I began to understand it as a spectrum. To some degree, in order to cope, everyone dissociates from reality on occasion daydreaming for instance very common and usually healthy. On the other end of the spectrum is the person who separates into multiple identities to divide up the pain and live life. In this category, some have periods of amnesia while various 'parts' live life. In my case, there was not significant amnesia between my alternate identities or 'alters.' Thus, I didn't wake up and find clothes in my closet that I didn't remember buying. I did have significant blocked memories due to repression, but none impaired my ability to function on a day-to-day basis.
So no one could tell?
No. However, after I explain it to my closest family and friends, they often say, 'Well, that actually makes sense.' But we all have quirky things we do, and this was what everyone assumed.
I must pause at this point to say there are those in the field of psychology who do not believe in the diagnosis of DID. What are your thoughts on this?
(Sigh) This is so damaging for those who are dissociative, especially in one specific way. Dissociation at every level on the spectrum is a coping mechanism and as such is not a systemic mental illness. In other words, no one is born dissociative; it is a result of what happened to him or her. Granted, there may be some predisposed tendencies, such as intelligence and creative cognitive coping skills, but it is always the result of some type of trauma--usually sexual abuse at a very young age. As a coping mechanism for trauma, dissociation can be healed. It's complicated but possible. If a professional does not believe in the validity of the diagnosis, then the answer is usually medication, which may alleviate the symptoms to some degree but never addresses true healing. In addition, being believed was important to my healing.
I knew there were three adults in my head and felt myself shift to them throughout the day. There was nothing in my story to cause me at 61 to suddenly create a fantasy such as this--for what? Attention?(Laughter.) Dissociative disorders are all about hiding--especially at my level of what I call 'functional dissociation.' It was absolutely crucial to be believed!
What brought you to seek therapy?
The idea God audibly told me to go to a specific therapist may be hard for some to swallow, but that is exactly what happened. At 61, I was at the top of my professional career. I was a wife, mother, and grandmother, with wonderful friends. But I had spend my life running away from a 'me' I could neither understand nor tolerate but that had the power to destroy my carefully-constructed life. Healing and integration only became possible as the power was removed from traumatic memories. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- Publication Date : January 26, 2018
- Publisher : Cladach Publishing (January 26, 2018)
- Print Length : 238 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- File Size : 4037 KB
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B078VZPDKJ
- Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
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