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Warriors Return War touches us all—leaving visible and invisible wounds on the warriors who fight disrupting their families and communities and leaving lasting imprints on our national psyche In spite of billions spent on psychological care and reintegration programs we face an epidemic of combat related conditions such as PTSD Post Traumatic Stress Disorder With Warrior’s Return Dr Edward Tick presents a powerful case for changing the way we welcome our veterans back from service—a vision and a path for transforming the wounds of war into sources of wisdom honor and growthAfter than 35 years of working with veterans Dr Tick has learned that our conventional ways of addressing the trauma and woundings of war fall far short usually focusing only on symptoms and temporary relief Drawing on lessons from cross cultural wisdom mythical archetypes and proven methods from psychology he offers this book as a valuable resource to help families caregivers and returning veterans understand and cope with the life changing effects of combat includingRe examining PTSD—why we must expand our understanding of the full psychological and spiritual impact of war’s invisible woundsArchetype of the warrior—service in combat as a “journey to the underworld” and why the return home is the most crucial stageThe warrior’s path—timeless wisdom from tradition classical philosophy great leaders and religious and mythological sourcesHow cultures around the world have welcomed home their returning warriors for centuries—and what we can learn from themThe warrior’s initiation—how the old self dies on the battlefield and a new mature self evolves in its placeRestoration—methods for overcoming disillusionment and soul fatigue to restore the warrior’s sense of purpose motivation and connectionComing home—specific steps for reintegrating our warriors back into our families and communities Honor—how a warrior can retain personal integrity and self respect even when they have participated in a war they don’t believe inForgiveness reconciliation and atonement—ways for warriors to close the circle and begin healing what was destroyed“This is not a hopeless situation” states Dr Tick “Lifelong suffering after war is not inevitable if we understand war’s impact on the heart and soul both for ourselves and our culture” For veterans and those who wish to support them Warrior’s Return offers step by step guidance for initiating our transformed warriors into valued members of our community—with an essential map for the hero’s journey home A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Soldier’s Heart Visit soldiersheartnet

8 thoughts on “Warriors Return

  1. says:

    Must read for anyone working with looking to support or just interested in the impact of war on vets I was gratified to see a point I've been making for years that Native American culture has much to offer in terms of both preparing soldiers and re i tegrating them finally get some validation and application by white professionals The book seems to define PTSD as only affecting soldiers which is sort of fine since it's a

  2. says:

    That war wounds the human soul has been understood for millennia There are references in classical Greek literature the Bible and any other number of sources across many cultures Once this understanding meant that societies evolved traditions and ceremony to help those who served reintegrate into normal everyday life The evolution of reductionist thinking in the west that saw the medicalization of expressions of the human shoul

  3. says:

    This book completely changed how I view veterans and soldiers in a good way I fell into the trap described in this book in which I don't support the wars our country is fighting and instead of blaming the people who create the wars I also blame the vets and soldiers themselves which is a wrong headed way to view it I now see it for how it is The soldiers fight the battles that's it They don't get to choose the cause they just sign up

  4. says:

    A Vietnam veteran urged me several times to read “Warrior’s Return” by Edward Tick a psychotherapist based in New York state who has worked with vets from several wars since the 1970s As America’s longest war grinds on I’m glad I followed the advice of the vet who says Tick can help the rest of us understand what a tiny minority of our fellow citizens have taken on by going to warTick writes with an academic’s thoroughness and gr

  5. says:

    I thought it was well written concise and filled with vivid description However I don’t agree with some of his points and ideasthoughts though I do like how thought provoking they were He is right in one aspect veterans and those fighting for our country are not treated how they should be especially by the citizens We live in a bubble and it’s no surprise most do not know how to talk with those with PTSD or any kind really I would recommend thi

  6. says:

    This book was so on point I love the ways in which Dr Tick works with warriors to help guide and encourage their own healing Our warriors deserve the utmost care and effort for the burden they bear for our society I love the inclusion of traditional cultures and how those rituals and traditions help prevent PTSD in their returning warriors Warriors are not broken They do not need to be fixed What they do need is to be welcomed home listened to honored for

  7. says:

    Tick share's thoughtful and thought provoking ideas but I wished the book had been better organized We seem to cover the same ideas over and over again without ever being offered real suggestions for ways we as a society can help combat vets return

  8. says:

    This book is a waste of time It should give me a star for reading it Basically it is a 300 page advertisement for the author's 'retreat' The author talks endlessly about his self run retreat for veterans and how awesome it is There is no other applicable advice to support a husband or loved one returning from war except to attend the author's retreat The word archetypal is used at least once per page and the author endlessly lists adjectives it's annoying This is repet

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