January 23rd, 2015

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Overcoming Trauma Memoirs

Overcoming Shock, by Diane Zimberoff and David Hartman
There was a lot of thoughtful and meaningful stuff in this book. However, if you are like me, and you've studied developmental biology in college, and you try to read it, you will end up exclaiming to your loved one, "They believe in SPERM shock! And EGG shock! And IMPLANTATION shock! And they are not metaphors for what actually happens!!!!!!!!!! They think the **EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCES*** of the sperm and the egg and the fertilized egg's reaction to its good or bad reception by the uterine wall HAVE LASTING RESONANCE IN YOUR LIFE!!! And they think you can hypnotize someone back to the TINY EMBRYO STAGE AND THEY WILL REMEMBER THINGS NOT IMAGINATIVELY BUT BECAUSE THEY REMEMBER THEM!!!" and the (well-intentioned, natural-result-of-the-slippery-slope-of-needing-to-believe-in-your-patients, probably-often-healing) copious pseudoscience WILL BREAK YOUR BRAIN. But at least you will enjoy the incredulous faces your loved one makes as they are hearing all this. And also, the meaningful helpful parts of this book were moving enough that I kept reading it even though they kept discussing all the forementioned. Which is pretty dang impressive, really. But still left me mostly with the o.O when all was said and done.
(21, O12)

Healing Developmental Trauma, by Laurence Heller and Aline LaPierre
This one is much more sound scientifically (not 100 percent, but reasonable-person-percent - I'm not 100 percent scientific either :D), but kind of dry and weirdly structured and overly analytical. There were some really interesting, emotionally compelling parts which I thought were the bomb. And to some degree my complaints are my own fault for reading books meant for therapists rather than for laypersons.
(22, O13)

Memoirs, by Lord John Hervey
Such gossip! So snarky! Wow. Also eloquent and insightful and full of rhetorical snares that actually feel snaggy ("I know this isn't proof of his argument but I am adopting his conclusions despite myself"). Hervey was in the court of Georges I and II, writing extensively about his interactions with queens and kings and princes and princess and Sir Robert Walpole. I found it very nifty indeed, although 18th century diction isn't exactly the fastest read in the world. Also I felt a bit guilty for enjoying some of Hervey's skewerings SO very much, even though all the people are centuries dead. The French bits were extra awesome because I miss reading in French - but they are tiny, so I think if you don't read French you wouldn't feel perturbed by them.
(23)
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