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#1 New York Times bestseller

“Essential reading for anyone interested in understanding and treating traumatic stress and the scope of its impact on society.” —Alexander McFarlane, Director of the Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies

A pioneering researcher transforms our understanding of trauma and offers a bold new paradigm for healing in this New York Times bestseller

Trauma is a fact of life. Veterans and their families deal with the painful aftermath of combat; one in five Americans has been molested; one in four grew up with alcoholics; one in three couples have engaged in physical violence. Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, one of the world’s foremost experts on trauma, has spent over three decades working with survivors. In The Body Keeps the Score, he uses recent scientific advances to show how trauma literally reshapes both body and brain, compromising sufferers’ capacities for pleasure, engagement, self-control, and trust. He explores innovative treatments—from neurofeedback and meditation to sports, drama, and yoga—that offer new paths to recovery by activating the brain’s natural neuroplasticity. Based on Dr. van der Kolk’s own research and that of other leading specialists, The Body Keeps the Score exposes the tremendous power of our relationships both to hurt and to heal—and offers new hope for reclaiming lives.

Cover image: © 2020 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Courtesty of the Archives Henri Matisse, All rights reserved.

Sean Pratt
hr min
February 16
Penguin Audio

Customer Reviews

Chitown Puff ,

Absolutely Amazing and Life-changing!

My friend is in a yoga training and recommended this book. I’m a slow reader so I got the audio book. This book and listen has been incredible and literally changed my life. Very well written, at times very intense, but the message and information is beyond-words compelling. The reader, Sean Pratt, does an amazing job of delivering the profound information. Such a mind-expanding book on many, many levels. This book and its author have created a Nobel Peace prize worthy contribution to humanity! Highly recommend!

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