In Beyond the Trauma Vortex, Gina Ross proposes a collaboration between the media, trauma researchers, and helping officials in order to break the vicious cycle of trauma and violence. The media, Ross suggests, can use their tremendous influence to promote peace rather than violence and to heal wounded psyches, communities, and nations. Delving first into the destructive nature of the "trauma vortex" through a variety of individual and historical examples, Ross then offers her insight into an alternate, restorative "healing vortex." By focusing on the interrelatedness of personal and collective healing, the author makes a compelling case for why—and how—media professionals can play an influential role in effecting widespread healing for their viewers and for themselves.
About Peter A. Levine, Ph.D.
Dr. Peter A. Levine, author of the best-selling Waking the Tiger and of Healing Trauma, has a background in medical biophysics, stress, and psychology. He developed Somatic Experiencing®, and serves as a consultant to the Meadows, a leading residential addiction recovery center. He lives on the banks of the St. Vrain River in the Rocky Mountains.
"The power of this book lies in its passionate appeal to news and entertainment media for their help in turning the horrors of history into healing and peace. Beyond the Trauma Vortex clarifies how reactions to trauma can influence reporting in ways that distort news coverage for readers and viewers, adding to their confusion and helplessness rather than informing and moving them to constructive action."
—Migael M. Scherer, Journalist, teacher, and author of Still Loved by the Sun: A Rape Survivor’s Journal
"Gina Ross has produced a must-read that illuminates people’s ability to constructively understand, recognize, and heal their own traumas, whether witnessed directly or secondhand. Beyond the Trauma Vortex alerts us to trauma’s being a root cause of violence and advises us to look at political conflicts between groups and nations through the trauma lens. Making us aware of what she calls the 'trauma vortex' is her eye-opening prelude to the 'healing vortex,' our inner resources that allow us to move beyond events we might like to lay to rest but are unable to. I can attest that the "healing vortex" works. During a time of great peril and extreme stress in my life, I was able to draw on many of the healing resources Gina describes so accurately in this book. Consider this review an endorsement and a testimonial as well."
—Jerry Levin, Former CNN Middle East bureau chief.
"In our post-9/11 world, no one escapes emotional trauma; its effects are only a matter of degree. Beyond the Trauma Vortex is a sorely needed examination of the origins and nature of trauma, and how we can heal from it. This is a very wise book that deserves a wide readership – for the sake of our country and our world."
—Larry Dossey, M.D., Author of Healing Beyond the Body and Reinventing Medicine
"There’s a really important message in this book. A great worldwide benefit will come as a result of our better understanding of the impact of trauma and the process of personal and collective healing and response that is possible. This well-researched work offers insight and tools for all those involved in transforming old problems into new solutions."
—Jack Kornfield, Author, meditation teacher, and co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society