#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.
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APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
From domestic violence to sexual abuse, from the loss of a job to the loss of a loved one, trauma affects countless people—and has lasting effects. Psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk’s groundbreaking book explores how traumatic experiences can lead to physical problems in addition to mental and emotional suffering. This invaluable guide thoroughly catalogs the lingering effects of post-traumatic stress, from intrusive thoughts to autoimmune disorders. Crucially, Van der Kolk also details treatment options, exploring the positive impact of creative pursuits like writing and dancing, as well as mindfulness practices like meditation and yoga, all of which can help rewire the brain to finally stop reliving the pain. Sean Pratt’s calming narration walks us through these helpful practices, explaining how each can change our lives for the better. The hopeful message of The Body Keeps the Score is that when it comes to trauma, there are many ways to heal.
My favorite book
the most wonderful book I have ever read
how has this book not been essential reading for every person in 12-step groups
Terrible audio wuality
I have this book in hard copy and like to listen to audio books and read along sometimes. I payed for this and downloaded it without sampling it first, but the audio quality of terrible. It sounds like a robot in a tin can. I couldn’t stand to listen to more than 20 seconds. It’s really irritating. I’m so bummed ☹️.
Deeply Revealing Insights, into Ourself and Others
This book can be very eye opening to the average person and to many therapists on the outer symptoms of trauma. It also has the depth and beginning structures to heal and also prevent future trauma through a variety of therapies that work, as well as awareness, attention, and intention.