About the Book

Whether we've experienced small setbacks or major traumas, we are all influenced by memories and experiences we may not remember or don't fully understand. Getting Past Your Past offers practical procedures that demystify the human condition and empower listeners looking to achieve real change.

Francine Shapiro, the creator of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), explains how our personalities develop and why we become trapped into feeling, believing, and acting in ways that don't serve us. Through detailed examples and exercises, listeners will learn to understand themselves, and why the people in their lives act the way they do. Most importantly, listeners will also learn techniques to improve their relationships, break through emotional barriers, overcome limitations, and excel in ways taught to Olympic athletes, successful executives, and performers.

An easy conversational style, humor, and fascinating real life stories make it simple to understand the brain science behind why we get stuck in various ways and what we can about it.

About the Author

Francine Shapiro, PhD, is an American psychologist who is the originator and developer of EMDR (acronym for 'Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing'), a form of psychotherapy that was developed to resolve symptoms resulting from traumatic and other disturbing life experiences. Based on the positive results of many rigorous scientific studies, EMDR therapy is now recommended as an effective treatment for trauma in numerous international practice guidelines, including those of the American Psychiatric Association and the Department of Defense.

About the Reviews

This is a wonderful book and I am a great believer in EMDR. Many years ago I was under multiple stresses and had a panic attack(out of the blue) on the Golden Gate Bridge and couldn't drive the freeways or on bridges for about 7 years. I went to many classes as well as to therapy but nothing helped. My sister suggested EMDR and after 2 sessions (which I was sure were ineffective and that the Dr. was a quack!), I found myself driving again with no problem. The Doctor was actually an angel in my life and left me a total believer in EMDR. It is painless and works well on Post Traumatic Stress. This book is well written and definitely worth reading and keeping in your library!!!

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I've been struggling with my past for years and knew of EMDR therapy, but didn't have a lot of success when I was first introduced to the protocol. Mostly because of a lacking ability to find a safe place.

Knowing the possibility of "fixing" myself was within reach, I read this book. I'm a hands on learner, and without understanding the whole process, it is difficult to allow someone else to take the reins and guide me, which is what a trained professional will do during EMDR Therapy.

Reading this book gave me so much insight into how the brain works with regards to memories and the connecting emotions. It also allowed me to open my own memory networks and identify a number of Touchstone Memories to work through with my therapist.

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This is a must-read for everyone, regardless of your mental health. The appeal to the intellectual part of my brain is what sold it for me. It began to make so much sense that unprocessed memories from childhood will "trigger" *reactions* in adulthood. Anyone who spends any time reflecting on why they react in certain ways and then tries to work on it, will have 1,000 a-ha moments reading this book. It also speaks to how the brain is a finicky thing. Just because you haven't suffered a capital T trauma, it still can nag at you in unsuspecting ways. For all the people who had unkind teachers, coaches, unsupportive parents, this will be help you understand why you might find yourself emotionally saying from time to time: "Jeez it bugs me so much when" but intellectually saying "Jeez it shouldn't bug me so much when" :)

Product Info

Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Rodale Books; 39783rd edition (March 26, 2013)
Language: English
Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 404 customer reviews

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