Monthly Archives: May 2014

Let’s Act, Not Re-enact

My last two posts were about re-enactment. In “Re-enactment is Real” (May 13, 2014), I define this concept and give an example of it in my own life–when the simple act of replacing a light bulb became painful and challenging. In “A Master’s Take on Re-enactment: The Words of Dr. Peter Levine” (May 5, 2014), I provide…

A Master’s Take on Re-enactment–The Words of Dr. Peter Levine

Re-enactment is real. The following are the words of Dr. Peter Levine, a PhD in Medical and Biological Physics from UC Berkeley, who has studied trauma and stress for well over thirty years. I took this excerpt from his book Waking the Tiger, Healing Trauma, North Atlantic Books, 1997, a readable, groundbreaking book about the…

Re-enactment is Real

What is re-enactment?  Before I reach for Dr. Peter Levine book Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma to give the official definition, I’ll have a go at it myself. Re-enactment is an unconscious attempt made by someone with unresolved trauma to resolve it. For example, the date of one’s car accident arrives, an accident that resulted in…