Category Archives: re-enactment

Rewriting The Autobiography of a Sea Creature, a story of infant surgery

As you can see, I’m slowing down on posting. For the past several years, I’ve posted weekly. Now though I’m focusing on rewriting and editing my memoir manuscript about infant surgery, The Autobiography of a Sea Creature. I’ve hired a wonderful editor to help me and it makes all the difference. The surgery I had…

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…