The Trauma We Don't Talk About
Tools for Living and Life-Changing Stories of Preservation, Healing, Love and Advocacy of the SELF, Volume 1
by Ana Mael
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Pub Date 22 Mar 2023 | Archive Date 30 Sep 2023
The book is written for trauma survivors and it speaks in limbic language ( meaning : simple, direct but not shallow) so survival brain can get it. If you are not trauma survivor, content can be unnerving, please read bellow.
You are not alone in your trauma. We all share it.
Discover the hidden truths about trauma, healing and self-discovery in "The Trauma We Don't Talk About" series.
This relatable and life-changing collection of 197 reflections on experiencing trauma includes facts, true stories, satirical tales of coping, and poems about mental health that will leave you feeling validated and empowered.
Written by a therapist with lived knowledge of PTSD, this first book in the series provides a powerful and insightful exploration of trauma faced by victimized, marginalized and othered groups including individual people who just do not fit into mainstream culture.
If mental health advocacy is important to you, I invite you to read, review, and share these essays. However, please keep in mind that topics, which include narcissistic abuse, sexual abuse, wars, displacements, abuse of power, life of immigrants, discrimination, and othering, will cause DISCOMFORT and may not be yet for you. If you're not ready to engage with these subjects, please take care of yourself and do not apply for review.
The voices and experiences of marginalized individuals facing trauma are often left out of mainstream discussions and bookstores, making this book an important addition to any platform seeking to support all voices and promote greater understanding and inclusivity.
Ana Mael's intimate self-help memoir can help you embark on your trauma healing and self-improvement journey.
What will you discover?
1. You Are Not Alone: Discover solace in the shared experience of trauma.
2. 197 Essays: Will leave you feeling validated and empowered.
3. Source for Self Development: Bring relevant essay to your therapist, start conversation
4. Tools for Living: Embark on a journey towards self-development and healing.
What is Inside?
Chapter 1. Trauma Mind
You Are Not Going Crazy. Sanity Amidst the Chaos: Understanding the Normalcy of Trauma's Impact on the Mind.
Chapter 2. Isolation and The Lost Self
Navigating the Storm: Understanding the Normalcy of Feeling Lost, Disconnected and Controlled by PTSD.
Chapter 3. Trauma Insights
Uncover the Hidden Reality: Delving into the Truths and Facts about PTSD and Trauma.
Chapter 4. Self Advocacy and Truth in Cynicism
Surviving Trauma: A Journey of Cynics and Skeptics. Tools to Speak Up and Empower Yourself.
Chapter 5. Oppression and Abuse of Power
Exposing the Injustices: A Deep Dive into the Insights of Oppression and Abuse of Power Through Lived, Collective and Ancestral Trauma.
Chapter 6. Trauma Body
Reclaiming Your Trauma Body: Honoring Your Body's Journey and Connecting Back to Your True Self.
Chapter 7. Still, Yet Possible
The Wisdom Within: Harnessing the Power of the Human Body to Heal and Thrive Beyond Trauma.
A Note From the Publisher
My strength is helping people face, hold and heal from trauma, and bringing back their agency, dignity and SELF.
That's why I urge you to be an advocate for mental health by promoting and sharing books like "The Trauma We Don't Talk About".
This book began as a journal in which I recorded personal experiences and thoughts as I worked through my own healing process and continued, later on, to help many in trauma recovery in my therapy office.
It is based on real-life experiences of regular people, who are living with trauma on a day-to-day basis.
These essays are designed to evoke empathy, understanding,
and also discomfort by challenging individuals and communities to reflect on their own trauma histories while also pursuing positive action to break the silence surrounding mental health and honest discussions of pain, as I did by reliving my trauma truth.
You and your voice can also make a difference in the lives of those struggling with mental health issues. Whether it's through sharing, tagging, reviewing your support can be a platform that speaks to the importance of breaking down mental health stigmas.
However, please keep in mind that topics, which include abuse, neglect, wars, poverty, displacements, abuse of power, life of immigrants, discrimination, and othering, may not be yet for you. If you're not ready to engage with these subjects yet, please take care of yourself and do not apply for review.
In today's mental health crisis, your support can make a huge difference and help lift the shame about how we feel when we live life with PTSD and trauma.
"This book is a must-read for anyone looking to find solace, healing, and self-compassion on the road to trauma recovery."
"This book is for the silent and invisible victims of discrimination, violence, social stigma, and assault. Sometimes they are abused by bullies and predators or exploited and mistreated by caregivers, family, neighbors, friends, acquaintances, and professionals.
The marginalized are very skilled in keeping a low profile. They have been repeatedly hurt, and aware of the stereotypes applied to their group. They are all around us, right in our community, on the job, or residing in our own homes. They are our children, siblings, relatives, co-workers, neighbors, partners, CEO's, teachers, and cool "celebrities".
Everyone you know has a marginalized person within your network suffering in silence.
"The Trauma We Don't Talk About" is advocating for those voices and urge you to be an advocate and start talking about.
If you recognize yourself or someone you care about in
even one of the essays in this book, please share it with
others and leave a review anywhere you go to find and
discuss good books. The more feedback the book
receives, the more people will talk about what trauma is
and how we can help each other heal.
Average rating from 19 members
The Trauma We Don’t Talk About by Ana Mael
Somethings are difficult to talk about. Somethings are easier to deal with when in the presence of a psychiatrist or psychologist. I found it very hard to talk about, the trauma I experienced growing up. My grandfather was a pedophile. Someone who did not seem to care who he hurt. When he told me that he did the same thing to my mother, I thought it was normal. I won’t get into my past but I will say that my future looks so much better now. This book is powerful. There are many topics it touches on and the chapters are small but handle the topics with compassion and boldness. Some things need to be said. I am not a psychologist but am in the medical field so I can say that trauma caused deep rooted anger and sadness. It can take years to learn how to cope and deal with whatever your trauma was. This book separates things such as addiction, child abuse, child neglect and other powerful changes. I realized that I was using Witt as a way to cope as well as why I was afraid to let others get close to me. Hopefully, these issues will go away and I can live a much happier life. I am still struggling with hatred towards my grandfather and that sometimes consumes me but this book talks about those issues holding you back. I wish this self help book came out 20 yrs ago. I can say that I have not read another book close to this one. It is set apart from others due to the way the author helps the reader advocate for themselves.
Thank you to NetGalley as well as the author and publisher for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my unbiased and honest review.
There are many many experiences where I thought was okay turned out to be a trauma response. What saddened me and made it even more personal is how most of the traumas come from the people close to us. The family who failed to provide love and safety and how those lackings affect someone far into their future.
This book explained many many types of trauma, starting from your mind, your body, how you heal and positive reminders that you're human and should be treated at one. It diverses to any form of trauma and represent lots of groups so you may find yourself in one of those situations. It covers not only personal trauma but also trauma as a group or identity, as well as intergenerational trauma.
I love how this book is informative yet flawlessly page turning. SHORT CHAPTERS with POETRY in it!!!
Read this book as a way to know yourself, to be heard, and to realize that we're in this together.
This book. Wow. When I delve into the nonfiction space, I usually want to read things that will teach me something and this book was that. I would recommend for anyone who has gone through trauma or wants to understand someone who has gone through trauma.
I am doing my PhD in trauma and fiction and this book was a great read for my research.
Definitely recommend but please note the content warnings before diving in!
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the ARC!
I really liked how this resource is applicable and relatable. Great entering point to give clients as to bring up what they relate to with EMDR therapy.
This book was gifted to me by the publisher through NetGallery and all opinions are my own.
Whoa I definitely highlighted the heck out of this book. Mael presents trauma plainly and not like this abstract one time event. It is complex and shifts the way you see yourself, safety, situations, and while your mind might forget your body doesn't. This is an absolute must read if you're thinking about trauma informed care and somatic healing. My only critique is there were essays that I felt could have been longer.
This book is such a good read for anyone who has dealt with trauma (or who is figuring out how to deal with it). It's sorted out well so you can pick it up and go to a particular chapter that matters to you most at that moment. It feels like a discussion with a friend- without feeling too vulnerable. You can read at your own pace and think on hard things without being rushed. I found myself highlighting a lot of things throughout this and nodding my head at a lot of things. Trauma can be so misunderstood - but this book made me feel understood and seen.
When you've lived through emotional abuse as a child, you normalize it and don't attribute trauma responses to your experiences. Reading this helped validate my experience and made me feel less alone. It reaffirmed the the things I've been through and witnessed was not ok and it's valid for me to feel the effects of trauma from it. It is painful and helpful at the same time, because it does mean reliving certain hard moments, but if you're already reliving those moments, this book will make you feel less alone in the struggle.