Waking the Tiger – Peter A. Levine

Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma by Peter A. Levine with Ann Frederick is worth a read. Although it was written some time ago, it is still a great book on trauma. Here are a couple passages I thought I would share from his book. I have also included his website and an interview.

“Trauma has become so commonplace that most people don’t even recognize its presence. It affects everyone. Each of us has had a traumatic experience at some point in our lives, regardless of whether it left us with an obvious case of post-traumatic stress. Because trauma symptoms can remain hidden for years after a triggering event, some of us who have been traumatized are not yet symptomatic.”― Peter A. Levine, Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma

“Because the symptoms and emotions associated with trauma can be extreme, most of us (and those close to us) will recoil and attempt to repress these intense reactions. Unfortunately, this mutual denial can prevent us from healing. In our culture there is a lack of tolerance for the emotional vulnerability that traumatized people experience. Little time is allotted for the working through of emotional events. We are routinely pressured into adjusting too quickly in the aftermath of an overwhelming situation. Denial is so common in our culture that it has become a cliché.”― Peter A. Levine, Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma


Ergos Institute of Somatic Education

Somatic Experiencing International


An Interview with Peter Levine – Turning Psychotherapy Bottom Up – Psychotherapy Networker – Rich Simon

Healing Trauma and Spiritual Growth: Peter Levine & Thomas Huebl

Begin Human – Podcast