Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging
I enjoyed the book immensely. The writing style flowed smoothly. It was a quick read. But it is one that is worth reading more then once. I really didn’t want to put it down, but life was rather pesky and required that I do so more then once. Otherwise, I think I would have read it from beginning to end in one sitting.
This is a thoughtful look at the way that community and social structure effects the lives of individuals. The consideration of PTSD in context of community is important. I am glad that there are people who are both researching and discussing this topic. All too often, we consider people in isolation of their environments. But we are our communities. The rates of mental illness is a direct reflection of the well being of a community.
The other thing that made this book interesting for me was that it was not from the perspective of a health care professional which is the perspective these topics are almost always discussed from. The author is a journalist, someone who has been in the war setting and someone who has experienced PTSD. We need more of these other voices talking about psychology. Us health care providers don’t have all the answers. The more people that join the dialogue, the more potential there is in coming up with real solutions.