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8 Keys to Brain-Body Balance (8 Keys to Mental Health) Paperback – October 1, 2012
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“In his latest comprehensive and accessible book, Robert Scaer has drawn from his deep understanding of neurology, neuroscience, and traumatology to offer the trauma patient practical knowledge for recovery and self-understanding. Presenting his material in a readable and enjoyable way, Scaer empowers his readers through his compassionate wisdom. This book will help anyone wishing to integrate their bodies and brains more effectively and harmoniously.”
- Peter Levine, PhD, Director, Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute
“This book penetrates the world of neuroscience in a user-friendly, unpretentious yet scholarly manner, highlighting the critical relevance to clinical practice of past and current discoveries about the brain and its malleability. Scaer’s perspective as a neurologist is unique, hopeful, and empathic, and this integrative book will prove an encouraging resource for anyone seeking to understand the effects of trauma on brain and body.”
- Pat Ogden, PhD, Founder/Director of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, first author of Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy
About the Author
Robert Scaer, MD, a board-certified neurologist with forty years of clinical experience, lives in Louisville, Colorado.
Babette Rothschild, MSW, has been a practitioner since 1976 and a teacher and trainer since 1992. She is a bestselling author of six books, all published by WW Norton and translated into more than a dozen languages. She is also the creator and Series Editor of the 8 Keys to Mental Health Series. After living and working for 9 years in Copenhagen, Denmark she returned to her native Los Angeles where she is writing her next books while she continues to lecture, train, consult, and supervise professional psychotherapists of all sorts worldwide.
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However make no mistake...this is a book to read more than once, if you have legitimate trauma-based maladies that doctors and specialists can't treat effectively and consider "psychosomatic." This book enables you to know more about your condition than most local doctors not as advanced and insightful as Scaer. This level of self-awareness is essential if deep healing is to occur. The detail Scaer presents in his books is essential for an understanding of the organs, nerves, hormones and processes involved. There is simply no shorthand way of getting to the root of trauma-related disease unless we have a comprehensive knowledge of the body's workings on all levels, sympathetic and parasympathetic, conscious and unconscious.
The one important and inevitable criticism concerns Robert Scaer's egregious and inexplicable lack of reference to the great Wilhelm Reich, who first launched this field of research. Everything Pearce and Scaer refer to and deal with was first discovered and purveyed to the academic world, albeit unsuccessfully, by Reich. Yet he gets no mention in this work or others by Scaer. This is a bane of modern writers who wish to repackage the world of earlier mavericks and take all the credit. The fact that Reich was lambasted and ignored during his life, aids coat-tail riders like Scaer. His great name can easily be erased and his work borrowed (stolen) by later "experts" who are so self-important and eager for accolade that they scandalously refuse to honor their predecessors. For this reason i can only give four stars. If Reich work, and that of his protege Alexander Lowen, had been referenced, this book would deserve five stars. But as i said, this kind of intellectual arrogance from pampered academics is all to common in all fields today. That few people care, does not make their behavior any less loathsome.
For those who wish to know more about this subject of trauma and its effects on the human body, refer to the work of Wilhelm Reich and Alexander Lowen. Read "Language of the Body," "Betrayal of the Body," "Narcissism," "Fear of Life," "Bioenergetics," and other masterpieces by the latter author.
I also highly recommend "The Biology of Love" and other works by the great Arthur Janov. His work is less technical, infinitely more down to earth and comprehensive than other works on this subject. If you are new to this subject, but want to learn a lot fast, start with "The Biology of Love," and check out Janov's other works and videos online.
I would encourage every therapist and volunteer working with our active duty military personnel and veterans of combat to read this book and incorporate the knowledge into helping those who have served the country.
For those who are going through difficulties in life and cannot seem to get unstuck, Dr. Scaer's book will show you what is going on in your brain and your body, so that you may understand that there are ways to heal yourself.
This book is a great starting point for anyone wishing to know some basics about the brain and the body!