Reading, sharing, discussing, learning ... together
MONDAYS ONLINE at 11:00 AM Mountain
We read a chapter on Kindle and listen to the Audible version while we are screen sharing in a Zoom chat room. Conversations, insights, and dialogue are encouraged, but not required. (Subscribe to be reminded of the meeting in advance.)
PREVIOUS BOOKS THAT WE'VE READ TOGETHER ...
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It Didn’t Start with You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle
Depression. Anxiety. Chronic Pain. Phobias. Obsessive thoughts.
The evidence is compelling: the roots of these difficulties may not reside in our immediate life experience or in chemical imbalances in our brains—but in the lives of our parents, grandparents, and even great-grandparents. The latest scientific research, now making headlines, supports what many have long intuited—that traumatic experience can be passed down through generations. It Didn’t Start with You builds on the work of leading experts in post-traumatic stress, including Mount Sinai School of Medicine neuroscientist Rachel Yehuda and psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk, author of The Body Keeps the Score. Even if the person who suffered the original trauma has died, or the story has been forgotten or silenced, memory and feelings can live on. These emotional legacies are often hidden, encoded in everything from gene expression to everyday language, and they play a far greater role in our emotional and physical health than has ever before been understood.
As a pioneer in the field of inherited family trauma, Mark Wolynn has worked with individuals and groups on a therapeutic level for over twenty years. It Didn’t Start with You offers a pragmatic and prescriptive guide to his method, the Core Language Approach. Diagnostic self-inventories provide a way to uncover the fears and anxieties conveyed through everyday words, behaviors, and physical symptoms. Techniques for developing a genogram or extended family tree create a map of experiences going back through the generations. And visualization, active imagination, and direct dialogue create pathways to re-connection, integration, and reclaiming life and health. It Didn’t Start With You is a transformative approach to resolving longstanding difficulties that in many cases, traditional therapy, drugs, or other interventions have not had the capacity to touch.
Chatter: The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters, and How to Harness It by Ethan Kross
In Chatter, acclaimed psychologist Ethan Kross explores the silent conversations we have with ourselves. Interweaving groundbreaking behavioral and brain research from his own lab with real-world case studies—from a pitcher who forgets how to pitch, to a Harvard undergrad negotiating her double life as a spy—Kross explains how these conversations shape our lives, work, and relationships. He warns that giving in to negative and disorienting self-talk—what he calls “chatter”—can tank our health, sink our moods, strain our social connections, and cause us to fold under pressure.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
BOOK CIRCLES online chat facilitates our deep-dive discussion into cutting-edge books written by authors who are experts in their fields.
After saying hello, the screen is shared, and the chapter is verbally read.
- A relaxed and comfortable atmosphere.
- Interesting comments, discussions, and shared stories.
- A book chat lasts anywhere from 1 hour to 1-1/2 hours. If you are not comfortable in a chat with audio and video, then let us know ahead of time so that we can help you attend anonymously. (For security reasons, this must be known ahead of time.)
- You will not be forced to participate, but you are welcomed to join in and share your thoughts, even if you disagree about something.
Mountain Time (USA and Canada)
TIME ZONE CALCULATOR
Eastern ………….. 1 PM
Central ………….. 12 AM
Mountain ……….. 11 AM
Pacific ……………. 10 AM
UK (London) ……. 6 PM
BOOK CIRCLES are WEEKLY on MONDAYS
Yes, you can come at any time, but we suggest that you read the book along with us so that you are not lost in the discussions.
We’re looking forward to seeing you!