From the author of The Perfect Storm and War comes a book about why men miss war, why Londoners missed the Blitz, and what we can all learn from American Indian captives who refused to go home.
Tribe is a look at post-traumatic stress disorder and the challenges veterans face in returning to society. Using his background in anthropology, Sebastian Junger argues that the problem lies not with vets or with the trauma they've suffered but with the society to which they are trying to return.
One of the most puzzling things about veterans who experience PTSD is that the majority never even saw combat - yet they feel deeply alienated and out of place back home. The reason may lie in our natural inclination, as a species, to live in groups of 30 to 50 people who are entirely reliant on one another for safety, comfort and a sense of meaning: in short, the life of a soldier.
It is one of the ironies of the modern age that as affluence rises in a society, so do rates of suicide, depression and, of course, PTSD. In a wealthy society, people don't need to cooperate with one another, so they often lead much lonelier lives that lead to psychological distress.
There is a way for modern society to reverse this trend, however, and studying how veterans react to coming home may provide a clue to how to do it. But it won't be easy.
Loved the great personal and historical stories of solidarity and tribalism.
The only very slight criticism would maybe be the structure. Everything melted together a bit.
Sometimes you listen someone put wods on something that was already known. Tribe was that for me.
If you could sum up Tribe in a few words, what would they be?
Would you listen to Tribe again? Why?
Yes, I think so.
What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?
How many of our psychological issues in the West is directly linked to individualism.
What could the authors have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
I don't know. Maybe a little short.
What about Nick Landrum's performance did you like?
Any additional comments?
Watch his documentaries "Restrepo" and "Hell On Earth".
well written, well read. important topic that is very relevant to the chaotic state of the world we see today. 5 bags of popcorn .
well researched pamphlet on the greatest threat to Western society. extremely interesting to listen to and learn from.
Our society is operating dramatically out of line with our evolutionary biology. This book is one of the few I have read that really shines a light on the gaping hole in human health we need to focus on but are not; deep meaningful socialization. This is a must read for anyone who has realized our societal structure is missing something huge but has been unable to pinpoint it.
As a veteran and academic I am speechless. This book is a beautiful gift to my community.
Please share with other veterans, particularly those who are lost.
Thank you Sebastian, your book validates that some people do understand the true reality of post service life. You have removed a very heavy weight from my shoulders.
Diagnosed with PTSD i saw myself and for first time understood mysrlf and what ive been searching for ... for the last 5 yrs.
loved this book, listened to it while running and the miles flew by, so much so my long runs became really long
A short book but very insightful into the human nature of tribes and how modern living fits into it.
A thought provoking read that gives credible argument to the importance of community and selflessness !
Enjoyed the book.. very interesting. Check the JRE podcast with the author also, v good as well.
This type of research is essential to humamity's future. Well written and read. Many great reminders and thoughts on how we need to live.
Enjoyed this book. Offers excellent theory of community and tribe very relevant in explaining individual dysfunction in today's disconnected society.
Enjoyable analysis of our modern day society. As a ex soldier I must say that I agree with a lot of things that are addressed here.
An interesting book with interesting themes; however, it meanders through some points of view without any real empirical depth. 3 stars was probably half a star too generous.
A brilliant book that delivers a timeless perspective on the human condition. A must read for anyone.
Good info and the author seems to be heartfelt in his approach to dealing with some touchy issues.
A short listen but thoroughly enjoyable nonetheless.
I would have liked to hear more detail on this subject, but in terms of providing a broad-brush outline of the challenges of living in a modern society, Junger had nailed it.
Definitley a worthwhile purchase. The discussion about warriors assimilating into society was fascinating. Would've been great to delve deeper into that.
Do your self a favour and listen to this. For me, life changing information. Epic
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I'm a double Afghanistan veteran and completely understand his thoughts and feelings on this. I love all of Sebastian's work. Must read for all clinical practitioners who deal with returned servicemen and women.