By Wendy Kaminer
"If a Nobel Prize have been provided for readability and sanity in a global long past mad, Wendy Kaminer will be on her approach to Stockholm." -- Newsday
Anyone who is ever questioned why conversing approximately habit has turn into so stylish, shuddered on listening to an "adult baby" examine his upbringing with the Holocaust, or felt that admitting one's powerlessness is a daunting prospect for a participatory democracy might be overjoyed through this bracingly outspoken and clever paintings of social criticism.
Whether she is infiltrating twelve-step conferences and codependency workshops or comparing the claims of professionals from Shirley MacLaine to M. Scott Peck, Wendy Kaminer deftly diagnoses a countrywide circulate (and multi-million-dollar undefined) with a robust tendency towards authoritarianism, a cult of victimhood, and a bad streak of covert religiosity.
Controversial, unique, and brilliantly reasoned, i am Dysfunctional, you are Dysfunctional adjustments the way in which we expect approximately self-help -- and is helping us to imagine for ourselves.
"Explores...the ominous impact of all this institutionalized whining on our tradition and politics...an incisive and provocative argument." -- Washington Post
"Extremely witty...Ms. Kaminer has a true reward for honing her anger to an epigrammatic edge....We could make stable use of [her] skepticism."
-- the hot York occasions ebook evaluation
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7 This paper, which I discuss in Chapter 4, gave me the key that allowed me to weave observations of my body-mind clients (like Nancy) with an appreciation for how certain fear-based survival instincts both shape trauma and inform its healing. I was fortunate to have the freedom to speculate in this manner since trauma had not yet been formally defined as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and would not be for over a decade. For this reason, I am happy to say, I never pigeonholed trauma as a reified and incurable disease, as it became known in the early P T S D literature.
In combination, a fearful face, hypervigilance and a tight constricted posture are powerfully compelling. They trigger us to prepare our bodies for action, to locate the source of threat and then to respond immediately. Perhaps a perceived threat comes from an "uptight" person readying to strike out in aggravated fear. In our day-to-day life, most of us deal with chronically fearful or angry people by simply avoiding them whenever we can. On the other hand, when you meet people whose posture expresses grace and acceptance, you are calmed by their ease.
If trauma is to be transformed, we must learn n o t to c o n f r o n t it directly. If we make the mistake of confronting trauma head on, then Medusa will, true to her nature, turn us to stone. Like the Chinese finger traps we all played with as kids, the more we struggle with trauma, the greater will be its grip upon us. When it comes to trauma, I believe that the "equivalent" of Perseus's reflecting shield is h o w o u r body responds to trauma and how the "living body" personifies resilience and feelings of goodness.