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Heal psychological wounds on your own.

Move on from the emotional trauma of your past: Contrary to what many people believe, we can recover from emotional trauma relatively quickly and completely on our own. Whether it's extreme trauma such as sexual abuse or the horrors of war, or less dramatic but, psychologically speaking, just as serious wounds involving shame and guilt, we don't need to spend years in intensive therapy to recover. Keep Pain in the Past explains a process that allows you to do most, if not all, of the recovery on your own.

Train yourself in psychological self-healing: While most people know what they can do on their own to treat physical ills, they don't realize that they can apply certain psychological principles to treat anxiety, depression, and many other conditions. Keep Pain in the Past will teach you the critical skill of treating psychological wounds on your own.

Treat yourself and heal old wounds: As much as people may suspect that some trauma from their past is affecting them negatively, they struggle to do anything about it. They take refuge in denial, avoidance, or addictions rather than grapple with long-ago emotional pain-because surfacing that pain hurts. Keep Pain in the Past will help you identify and face this pain and find closure on your own. Use Dr. Chris Cortman's easy-to-master method to remember, feel, express, release, and reframe the trauma that has been haunting you for years.

Learn from the success of others: Discover how Sheri, a 37-year-old attorney, recovered from panic attacks that seemed to come out of nowhere. Follow the journey of Mark, a 29-year-old army veteran who experienced the horror of war in Afghanistan. Explore how Melinda, a 42-year-old professor who struggled to sustain a romantic relationship, confronted her torturous childhood and found love that is still going strong after three years.

©2018 Chris Cortman and Joseph Walden (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Anna Sviridova
  • 18-10-2020

Trigger warning: book has details of sexual abuse

The core ideas are good (although not novel: retrieve the memory of the trauma fully, retell it in a better way so that you can accept it, release all the uncomfortable feelings), but the stories in the book are upsetting. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who is sensitive on the topic and I see very little benefit in knowing how his clients were abused as children and under which circumstances. I thought it was a one time thing but no, he tells others throughout the same chapter. I do not need to know which sexual acts had been done to them. And I find it a bit irresponsible to be this detailed in a book about trauma. Maybe with less details it would be a more helpful book. I don’t know how you can stomach stories of child rape honestly. Audible, check your content and add a trigger warning. There may be survivors of sexual assault who look for books on trauma and could choose this one, and I assure you this wouldn’t be good.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-11-2019

Definitely not recommended

No one should be told to relive a painful circumstance. There are much better ways to deal with trauma instead of having somebody relive it. Considered dialectic behavioral therapy or other type of therapy but definitely not this one. I do not recommend this book.

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  • massagepro
  • 17-01-2021

very traumatizing content

The author share some of his clients stories and a lot of them are graphic and difficult to read. One story in particular is very traumatic and will, unfortunately, remain with me for the rest of my life. I do not think that it was necessary for him to share this story. I am literally worse off after listening to this. Please he cautious about listening if you have a hard time with painful stories. I've been through a lot in my life but I've never heard or seen anything so terrible, brutal and inhumane as the story he shares.

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  • TH
  • 27-10-2020

Not worth your time

Spends the whole book talking about why you should use his methods and horrible story after story of clients who are survivors of rape, kidnap, survivors guilt from auto accidents & other horror events, but never once talks about any actual method for helping yourself or others. Felt like a super long horrible sales pitch.

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  • Punk Rock Wife
  • 08-03-2019

Entertaining and Informative

I have tried out a few books like this one and this book is a lot better than those other ones...keeps your attention, gives hope

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  • Shweta Shukla
  • 21-02-2021

Not good for domestic violence victims in particular

After hearing until chapter 5 .. I stopped because it tormented me and made me feel much worse than I was before hearing this book.

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  • Betty W
  • 15-10-2020

Excellent book and narrator

This is an excellent book on healing from past trauma. The narrator has a soothing caring voice as well. I really enjoyed this book, although it was also difficult because of my own past trauma. I want to listen to it again because it offers great insight into why we think the way we do when we've been through trauma and how to finally let it go.

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  • Christina R. Darlington
  • 12-09-2020

Best practical tools for trauma healing

Loved this book. I found it to be the most helpful book on dealing with trauma and healing methods I've heard so far. Very practical and also most techniques are compatible with my Christian faith although the author doesn't necessarily write from a Christian perspective. It was very professionally done with interesting stories which give hope for people dealing with some of the most traumatic experiences imaginable.

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  • M.Biblioswine
  • 20-06-2021

I like it

I like it. It sounds good. Does it do what he promises, I don’t know. Recommend it.

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  • Jessy Mendia
  • 28-05-2021

Great Book!

Well, now I know how completely screwed I am. Great listen tho, very moving stories!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-05-2019

inspiring read

Inspired theory backed up by appropriate case studies. Well pitched and will read, would recommend to anyone with traumatic memories, which is pretty much everyone.

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