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Publisher Description

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What causes people to continually relive what they most want to forget, and what treatments could help restore them to a life with purpose and joy?

In this audiobook, Dr Bessel van der Kolk offers a new paradigm for effectively treating traumatic stress.

Neither talking nor drug therapies have proven entirely satisfactory. With stories of his own work and those of specialists around the globe, The Body Keeps the Score sheds new light on the routes away from trauma - which lie in the regulation and syncing of body and mind, using sport, drama, yoga, mindfulness, meditation and other routes to equilibrium.

This inspiring and timeless audiobook is read by Sean Pratt.

© Bessel van der Kolk 2014 (P) Penguin Audio 2019

Sean Pratt
hr min
24 October
Penguin Books Ltd

Customer Reviews

Lilly8-) ,

Fascinating and heartening

Thank-you for writing this book. I hope that everyday, more and more, people and society can embrace this huge cultural issue, stop shaming trauma survivors by failing to acknowledge their existence and pave a clear and hopeful path to recovery. Thank-you Bessel.

haylayAUS ,

Interesting but not for me

I was so keen to read this book and there were elements i really enjoyed learning about. But that was overshadowed but the discomfort i felt reading the book, as the details of many sexual assaults were brought up so frequently. I skipped the chapter about childhood trauma thinking that would he the main place SA was discussed but i was wrong. Having not experienced sexual assault personally, but still being very uncomfortable listening to many parts of this book, i can only imagine it would be very triggering to read for anyone that has experienced it.

Kliment ,


As a survivor of trauma this book confirms what I already know: ‘Trauma does exist deep in the body, as it does in the mind long after the endured trauma’. It is wonderful to get the validation by the science and fellow survivors outlined in this book. It also gives a vocabulary which explains, at times, the baffling journeys of people enduring PTSD.
It is wonderfully structured and offers a way out. Warning: A lot is covered in this book and the material in it can trigger feelings and memories of past trauma. I had to put this book down many times and take long breaks. I found the Workbook of the same title compliments the discovery process of this book, as does the supportive network and/or therapist with whom you can safely share your discoveries. I hope this is a beginning of a holistic approach to prevention and healing of trauma. Thank you

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