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Healing Invisible Wounds by Richard F. Mollica
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Jun 28, 09

bookshelves: humanrights, spirituality
Read in June, 2007

This book will change you. You will have new hope. It is the number one book on my list that I would want someone interested in human rights to read. You will see that people in wars and genocides are resilient - they can and do heal themselves from the incredibly tragic circumstances they endure.

And these survivors have so much to teach the rest of us.

Mollica, who heads a center for refugee trauma, describes four elements of the trauma story:
1. Facts
2. Culture
3. Spirituality
4. Listener-Storyteller Relationship

We in the U.S. often stop at Facts. We are not accustomed to questioning or listening with a bent toward culture or spirituality. We are not used to acknowledging the importance of the relationship between the listener and the person telling the story. When we open ourselves to these dimensions, we encourage healing - in those surviving trauma, in ourselves as listeners, in the world.
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