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The body is where our instincts reside and where we fight, flee, or freeze, and it endures the trauma inflicted by the ills that plague society. In this groundbreaking work, therapist Resmaa Menakem examines the damage caused by racism in America from the perspective of body-centered psychology. He argues this destruction will continue until Americans learn to heal the generational anguish of white supremacy, which is deeply embedded in all our bodies. Our collective agony doesn't just affect African Americans. White Americans suffer their own secondary trauma as well. So do blue Americans - our police.

My Grandmother's Hands is a call to action for all of us to recognize that racism is not about the head, but about the body, and introduces an alternative view of what we can do to grow beyond our entrenched racialized divide.

  • Paves the way for a new, body-centered understanding of white supremacy - how it is literally in our blood and our nervous system
  • Offers a step-by-step solution - a healing process- in addition to incisive social commentary

Resmaa Menakem, MSW, LICSW, is a therapist with decades of experience currently in private practice in Minneapolis, MN, specializing in trauma, body-centered psychotherapy, and violence prevention. He has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show and Dr. Phil as an expert on conflict and violence. Menakem has studied with best-selling authors Dr. David Schnarch (Passionate Marriage) and Dr. Bessel van der Kolk (The Body Keeps the Score). He also trained at Peter Levine's Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute.

©2017 Resmaa Menakem (P)2017 Central Recovery Press

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urgent and important

this book will, if humans survive their self inflicted crisis, become one of the cornerstones of our healing -- looking back we will wonder how this basic information, about how human mammals cope and cover up their trauma, about how to restore the body after trauma, was so out of reach of the common people for so long.
no more! this book brings what we need to know now.

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  • Cate
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  • 09-19-18

Amazing

I can’t say enough good things about this book (ask anyone who’s been around me for the past month). I loved it as an audio because the author does a great job walking us through the exercises (take the time to do them!) and the action steps he maps out makes me aware of growth I need and can do on many fronts beyond dismantling white supremacy. It will help heal trauma of many types.

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Transformative

Manakem reads with compassion, empathy, and truth-telling. If you allow yourself to surrender to this journey, you may find yourself transformed as well

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POWERFUL READ

I am reading (listening) to this book for the second time. I am a licensed social worker by profession, but the information presented and its applications for the community at large are tremendous. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book!

Shawnie Speaks Social Work