Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Getting Through the Day: Strategies for Adults Hurt as Children” as Want to Read:
Getting Through the Day: Strategies for Adults Hurt as Children
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Getting Through the Day: Strategies for Adults Hurt as Children

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  89 ratings  ·  12 reviews
This book enables adults who were traumatized as children to learn new strategies to meet the demands of daily living. While focusing on the effects of dissociation and including specific advice for multiples, Nancy Napier presents dozens of exercises helpful to anyone who finds that unresolved childhood feelings are blocking life's path. ...more
Paperback, 303 pages
Published 1993 by W.W. Norton & Company
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Getting Through the Day, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Getting Through the Day

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.18  · 
Rating details
 ·  89 ratings  ·  12 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Getting Through the Day: Strategies for Adults Hurt as Children
Aug 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Conceptually this book is great. It's unique in the sense that it focuses on disassociation caused by childhood trauma, but it can get confusing as it is aimed towards those with DID (dissociative identity disorder) and those with "normal" disassociation.

As a multiple (someone with dissociative identity disorder) I found a lot of the book confusing and not very relevant. The occasional "side notes" for multiple didn't offer much in the way of DID specific strategies, so I feel that while the bo
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a useful book about how to deal with adult situations that trigger inner child feelings like hurt, anger and fear. It contained mental exercises, meditations and numerous suggestions for how to deal with feelings in the moment.

I have not done many of the exercises or meditations. Reading the book from start to finish gave me enough guidance for on the spot self-treatment. The tone of the book was loving, with a strong emphasis on curiosity as a means for learning one's childhood story,
Aug 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is filled with tips and techniques to guide the readers on their healing journey. It takes advantage of the reader's vast imagination, using all the senses to vividly visualize the unconscious and work from there.
The cover and the title didn't work for me so I covered the book with a piece of construction paper: it is now bright orange with no title which motivates me to pick it up! On the whole, the editing needs some work: there are typos and the formatting in general isn't very exci
Eliza T. Williamson
Jun 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reference
For many years this book really helped me on a daily, sometimes hourly basis to stay grounded in the present moment. Napier's ideas are simple, smart and easily implemented immediatly--I recommend this to anyone who is struggling with the aftermath of trauma. ...more
May 12, 2021 rated it liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is so insightful
An outstanding book both for survivors of childhood abuse and other trauma and for clinicians working with them. It provides plenty of concrete, practical strategies people can use to reduce the impact of the symptoms of PTSD and improve their quality of life, as well as ample discussion of the philosophy and theory behind the practice. Strongly recommended!
Clara Bella
Jan 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Offers a lot of tips, strategies and coping skills for anyone dealing with any kind of early childhood trauma, from any kind of difficult environments this society provides! Is also useful for understanding loved ones that are survivors.
Nov 07, 2011 rated it did not like it
horrible book, not sure why it was rccommended it was completely irrelevent to my life , what a waste of time.
Kiera Gardner
Apr 01, 2008 marked it as to-read
I have read parts of this book already, and I am truly fasinated by the information it gives about dissociation in adults who have been hurt as children.
Jan 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book on recovery from child sexual abuse. Not meant as a stand alone but a helping type of guide.
rated it really liked it
Oct 11, 2008
Nicole Mak
rated it it was amazing
Jun 22, 2016
Megan Campbell
rated it really liked it
Feb 05, 2016
rated it it was amazing
Oct 13, 2017
rated it it was amazing
Sep 13, 2016
rated it really liked it
Nov 17, 2012
Frog Prince
rated it really liked it
Sep 12, 2015
Brianna McClure
rated it it was amazing
Jun 15, 2021
Jean-Paul Mugizi
rated it it was amazing
Jul 20, 2014
rated it really liked it
Jan 22, 2012
rated it really liked it
May 03, 2013
Dave Shaw
rated it it was amazing
Jan 19, 2013
rated it really liked it
Oct 23, 2012
rated it really liked it
Apr 15, 2014
rated it really liked it
Mar 31, 2022
rated it liked it
May 03, 2012
rated it it was amazing
Apr 27, 2017
rated it really liked it
Feb 21, 2014
rated it it was amazing
Nov 20, 2010
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Rumble Fish
  • Tex
  • That Was Then, This Is Now
  • Native Tongue (Skink #2)
  • Homecoming: Reclaiming and Healing Your Inner Child
  • Transcendent Kingdom
  • Charisma on Command: Inspire, Impress, and Energize Everyone You Meet
  • Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind
  • Scorpionfish
  • Writers & Lovers
  • Camouflage: The Hidden Lives of Autistic Women
  • Chatter: The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters, and How to Harness It
  • Faithful to Christ: A Challenge to Truly Live for Christ
  • Henry Huggins (Henry Huggins, #1)
  • The Dissociative Identity Disorder Sourcebook
  • Dibs in Search of Self
  • A Mind of My Own: The Woman Who Was Known as "Eve" Tells the Story of Her Triumph Over Multiple Personality Disorder
  • The Verbally Abusive Man - Can He Change?: A Woman's Guide to Deciding Whether to Stay or Go
See similar books…
Nancy Napier is a psychotherapist working in New York.

News & Interviews

Here at Goodreads World Headquarters, we tend to read a lot of books. Like, a lot a lot. And every December, as we finish up our...
10 likes · 3 comments