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Complex PTSD

From Surviving to Thriving
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The causes of Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder range from severe neglect to monstrous abuse. Many survivors grew up in houses that were not homes-in families that were as loveless as orphanages and sometimes as dangerous. If you felt unwanted, unliked, rejected, hated, and/or despised for a lengthy portion of your childhood, trauma may be deeply engrained in your mind, soul, and body.  

This book is a practical guide to recovering from lingering childhood trauma. It is copiously illustrated with examples of the author's and his clients' journeys of recovering. It is a comprehensive self-help guide for working through the toxic legacy of the past and for achieving a rich and fulfilling life.

©2014 Pete Walker (P)2018 Tantor

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Voice for audiobook was intolerable

I have wanted to read this book for years, since I heard how important, unique and groundbreaking it was and how valuable it was to victims of trauma. When I realised it was available as an audiobook I was very excited. Luckily, I used a free credit to get the audiobook, because I was very disappointed to find that I couldn't stand the vocal performance. It sounds like the kind of voice used for copyright warnings on VHS tapes, movie trailers from the same time period or "Dial 1 for option A" type phone recordings. I knew as soon as I started listening that I wouldn't be able to stand it, but I decided to try and give it a chance, since I was so excited about the book. After an hour, I still couldn't stand it and gave up. I couldn't get immersed in the content of the book because the voice was so jarring that it continually pulled me out of it. The focus of the vocal performance seems to have been, firstly, to maintain unchanging, monotonous conformity to a singular, superficial and performative vocal aesthetic, and secondly, to carefully enunciate each individual word rather than expressing the meaning behind the words. The commitment to enunciating individual words was so total that at times it came at the expense of conveying the meaning of the sentence; emphasis placed on the incorrect word or pauses in unnatural places made the tone of the sentence sound garbled and robotic, like a voice simulator, confusing the author's meaning. This type of vocal style is suited to short messages of no emotional significance, not an entire book about psychological trauma, the impact of long-term abuse on your life and techniques to help you recover and heal. It's so ill-suited that it has the effect of trivialising this deeply important content. I cannot review the content of the book, since the voice was so distracting that I couldn't absorb it even for an hour. I strongly recommend against getting this as an audiobook and instead recommend getting a physical copy.

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Loved it!💟

This book is a game changer for life! A must have book in your library for all in this universe!

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Thorough and empowering

This book caught me by surprise.. I am really impressed. It has clarified so much for me and offered a lot of healing. Very thankful I found this book and am recommending it to many of my friends.

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Worth a listen

Pete Walker delves into the traumas occurring in childhood that leaves one questioning how much of society is really suffering with CPTSD and what we can do to relieve ourselves from the pain and anguish.

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Life changing

The content and tools of this book were life changing for me. I would highly recommend for anyone who grew up in a less than functional home

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Truly Life changing

Packed with insight and solutions, erudite, accessible, truly life-changing, Walker’s book and Briton’s reading pierce through to the core of not only CPTSD but so much of mental illness with scary precision. This is not the sort of audiobook that you listen through one time and forget about; it is a crucial, life-long resource.

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Complex PTSD

A very informative and valuable book. The monotone narration was terrible though and made an already heavy subject feel light a dead weight to read. For this reason, I struggled to get through it and took seven months to complete it. I will not purchase any more books read by this narrator.

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I needed this book in my life!

I loved everything about this book. I will be reading this again. thank you!

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Life changing, must read book.

This is one of the best books I have ever read and plan to read to again very soon. A must for anyone facing unexplained challenges in life when you feel held back from happiness and fulfilment. Eventually things find us in life that stand out from all the rest. This book is that for me. A big thank you Pete Walker :)

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Exceptional advice and very helpful

Very well narrated and exceptional advice and help. A nice balance between theiry and practice.

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  • D. Beahn
  • 08-08-2019

Needs a PDF

Lots and lots of references to "this exercise" or "this list" but no way to get those other than to buy a hard copy of the book. Please add a PDF so those tool are available to listeners.

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  • kaity
  • 03-10-2019

BUY THIS BOOK!

WOW! I am not exaggerating when I say that I have purchased or read hundreds of books trying to get help for my mental health. I am a compulsive overeater, workaholic, busyaholic and a binge drinker. I have tried AA OA AlAnon, ACOA. I have prayed and tried several religions. I am a Catholic. I literally tried everything to overcome my sadness, shame, depression and low self esteem. Some things did help me some. THIS BOOK is amazing. I saw how many stars it had and wanted to try it. I love Audible because you can return books and I have returned some that were just "stories" and not helpful. I KNOW I have a problem. Most just get you to realize you need help. I have also been to therapists and tried several medications over the last 35 years. I was diagnosed with PTSD and anxiety. I felt shame because I have never been to battle and felt that soldiers who saw war and suffered PTSD had the "right" to have PTSD. I felt shame saying I had PTSD because I never saw what they did. This book is amazing. It tells my story EXACTLY. It made me feel understood and validated. I have PTSD because of the home I grew up in. This book validates my emotional abuse. This book changed my life. It gave me hope and my relationships with healthy people are better than I ever imagined and I broke free from the toxic people. YOU REALLY owe it to yourself to get this book. It will give you happiness you never believed possible. It is not a long set of chapters letting you know you have a problem. It offers solutions.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-02-2019

Unreal

I am a Marriage and Family Therapist and I had been trying to figure out my own family of origin issues. This book single-handedly changed my life and allowed me to just be. I cannot fit a review about this book without becoming a dissertation. Instead I'll just say this: If you are a therapist that works with trauma, read this book. If you are a regular person who has had an abusive past, read this book. If you are a regular person and you know a friend who has experienced abuse, read this book. If you are trying to be a better person, read this book. If you want to understand human psychology in the most intensive and deeply emotional ways, read this book. Thank you for taking the time to read this review. Best of luck in your journey <3

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  • Elizabeth Sisu
  • 19-01-2019

Brought me clarity and powerful tools to heal...

This book was the most empowering book I have ever read (listened to) to date. I never knew I had Cptsd until I found this book, it has opened a window in my world and shed light on what I did not understand within myself. The author being able to relate and offer tools on overcoming Cptsd was a huge comfort. Since finishing this book the fog has truly lifted in my life. I can not thank the author enough for this book, he has given hope and healing to so many souls. The narrator delivering this book read it beautifully, he had a kind and clear voice it was appreciated. This is a must read/listen to book!

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  • PastaBatman
  • 29-06-2019

Powerful, haunting, and on-point

This is the best book on the trauma suffered by survivors of narcissistic, abusive parents. Walker breaks down the four main patterns of scarring, and explains the process of recovery in clear, empathetic, and caring way.

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  • Alexis Hilton
  • 22-11-2019

Good God..

The book is groundbreaking and essential. It has had a profound impact on me, and I am beyond grateful. Luckily, I started reading it before listening to it. The voiceover artist is grossly miscast! He sounds like a voiceover for an action movie! It’s utterly illogical and BEYOND disconcerting. Why it didn’t occur to them to use a compassionate, soothing voice with such delicate material is puzzling.

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  • Victoria LM Hughes
  • 11-08-2019

Now ... they tell me!

At 67, I 'm overjoyed to find a "feels right" explanation after searching for 60+ years to find ways to fix myself. I'm not sure what good it will do and, I have enough of the glossary to know how arduous the journey might be but, I am undaunted! Pete Walker did the absolute best for ME ... he revealed enough of his personal experience for me to "feel" his honesty! Gotta say, in all my varied therapy ... Starting approximately 60 years ago, when I was 7, it was strongly suggested my Mother get me some help! Certainly far from helpful, my Mother choose a hypnotist (he had scrapbooks in the waiting room with newspaper clippings and, I could read!) My Mother was looking for truth ... and she had already made that an active and ongoing threat! I was terrified. By 16, I'd become a ward of the Court and, therapy was a mandate. When I turned 18 ... I was hell-bent to prove "them" all wrong! I was not broken ... I jumped on every couch ... read all the books ... in a questing frenzy for Why! I'd racked up 20+ years sobriety as a 12 step black belt who introduced herself as an AHOLIC ... chocolate, shopping, sex, drugs and, rock 'n roll .... anything ... If I liked it ... I overdo ...OCD 'till I'd OD! By the time I was 40, I'd garnered a plethora of professionals, been both best and worst patient ... a worthy subject for one's Master's Thesis and, another's Doctorial Dissertation; two psychotic breaks; two hospital recoveries, and a dozen years of ... Can't change being dropped on your head at two! Move on ... But I had a dirty little secret ... crazy was catching up! ... My physical health was deteriorating and, I knew two things for sure ... I was no longer ME and, I could not/would not disembowel myself ever again within the male-dominated, emotionless qwacks practicing pseudoscience who, could not name a single patient they'd helped! Here was a clear and concise description of my progression. Nailed it! Anxiety-driven curiosity in the driver's seat ... Too old ... too tired ... too late sarcastic defeatist riding shotgun ... CPTSD for Dummies roadmap ... Petal-to-the-metal ... 3 ... 2... GO! We should all know never say never ... And the gods laugh when you make plans ... I was 61 when I heard Early Childhood PTSD AND, the coat fit ... almost but, treatment was iffy ... and VA Mental Health is limited, unstable and destabilizing. So I was gobsmacked 10 days ago when I stumbled into a TED fellow talking about a subset of PTSD, Complex PTSD! OMG!!! I watched everything YouTube, TED and more, but this beautiful tomb actually has it all! Descriptions, vocabulary, some authority but, he knows what I do ... How my brain works. He presents the pros and cons, forwarning and, in turn, forearming! I was triggered by the information alone and, had to be taken in small and mindful bites! I chose to listen from beginning to end first ... no more than a chapter of two at a time. Chomping at the bit to dive deep ... Audiobook served its purpose ... I am now ordering a hard-cover text book, to highlight and flag ... Time to suit up and, do the work! I have everything I need in my very capable hands. Exercises, worksheets ... clear options, clear instructions and, what success looks like! Time frames, expectations and caution signs. Suggestions for further reading, therapeutic references and referrals! I can feel light coming and, am not catastrophising a big train ... Good enough is at work and, I can already quiet the critic ... Well worth the double purchase ... One to loan and one owner's manual!

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  • Thomas Trobe
  • 06-11-2019

Fantastic, deep, and honest.

This is an excellent self-help/psychlogical book. One of the best I have read and as a psychiatrist, I can say that it is as good as anything I have read.

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  • Chelsea
  • 08-03-2019

great book

love the book! wish the narrator would read with more emotion and fluctuation in his voice. it sounds like he's a professional box office movie trailer voiceover but that doesn't work for this kind of book

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  • Matthew Corn
  • 11-01-2019

Narrator doesn't enunciate...

Really glad I've got the paper copy, this was unbearable. What? What? Repeatedly having to rewind, made it about 7 minutes into chapter 1 before I returned it. Just no.

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  • Penelope Ryder
  • 18-01-2019

Life Changing

In 2016 after years of being on the treadmill of life and trying to heal my inner pain of 13 years of sexual abuse and loss, abandonment and betrayal I came across this book as a hard copy. I had spent years and huge sums of money trying to heal and years prior to self-medicating with alcohol and unhappy relationships books and modalities and more. This book was a turning point, a lifeboat and my saving grace. If you have any abuse from childhood and any type then this book will help you unravel that pain. I know how deep the pain is for many and how overlooked childhood trauma is in real time. Many think because your an adult you just let it go or hand it over to a higher power or God or something else. The truth in this book will solve so much for you I have no words to explain at the depths it has allowed me to stand up and speak my truth and be the truth. Therapy without psychoeducation does not serve those who have had childhood trauma. This book will allow you to MEET yourself fully and then you will be ready to meet your own needs and to know you are not alone and will help heal the worst of the worst.

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  • Helle Hammonds
  • 13-08-2019

Thank u Pete Walker for making sence of myself

If you had an abusive childhood (and maybe continued abuse as an adult) then you need to read this book. I have done so much to try and understand and move on in the past but get stuck in flashbacks. Only through the power of now knowing what an emotional flash back is will you be able to heal. The work is hard - people around you might not like you comforting the past abuse but until you get mad about what happened you can not face it. Read this book - will stop you being upset with yourself and or being upset with the wrong people as you carry what you have learnt. The best book I ever listen too- I also bought the hard copy as I want to study to work through the steps as the weight of abuse I no longer have the energy to carry - this book is my tool to be able to work with what happened and have a present moment I enjoy. Pete’s work you can tell is so well researched - it literally feels like he wrote it for you. He gives examples of his own past plus his person recovery and relationships which I myself found very helpful. Good luck to anyone buying - I wish for you the same enlightenment and healing that I have had from This book. Bless u it was not your fault your parents where rubbish - you should have been loved properly - but there are people that do or will love you but you need to love that little you who wasn’t loved like that should have been. I have never wrote a review like this before but I never read I book so well written on a subject that I struggle so much with.

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  • Victoria Carr
  • 28-02-2019

The more i learn about trauma the more...

The more i learn about trauma the more i see everything through its lens. Wait. Have compassion. Have patience "

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-08-2019

Beyond expectation

I found this to be so enlightening and incredibly helpful. I found my path to recovery, listening to this gave me the comfort and guidance I needed to stride down that road with purpose.

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  • S.Sugden
  • 11-03-2020

This book was irritating.

I really struggled with this book. The narration was mechanical and monotone. The content of the book seemed patronising and clichéd and was full of outdated syntax. By the time I had reached the last chapter I regretted struggling to get to the end. I should have given up after the first couple of chapters and spent the wasted time listening to something far more engaging. A highly rated book but not one that I would recommend.

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  • Steve Rouse
  • 05-03-2020

Utter garbage!

Do not buy this unless you need something to get you to sleep! I had high hopes after listening to the sample, but regrettably it didn’t live up to my expectations. The narrator is most definitely in the wrong job.

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  • Grafton
  • 31-01-2020

Excellent self-help therapy book

Although this book is very detailed, it is delivered in manageable chunks to digest. It is obviously the result of many years of experience and work in this field. As expected, there is an awful lot to think about and it is presented clearly, including plenty of examples throughout. This is a work book in the literal sense; a clear guide on how to understand and help oneself. The narrator is excellent; very clear enunciation with good and appropriate phrasing and a pace that is just right. Highly recommended.

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  • Santiago
  • 27-07-2019

Really useful and eye opening

useful and really insightful, you can be going through lot of the process he describes and not knowing, it gives you more clarity of what happens and how to deal with it.

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  • 0906Jill
  • 01-07-2019

Excellent book. insightful and helpful

Good descriptions of CPTSD and it's effects. Suggestions to alleviate trauma effects in a practical way.

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  • Susan Pollock
  • 20-06-2019

Good content. creepy narrator voice

the content is good. narrator not. difficult to listen to as a result. Some good practical tips

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