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Publisher Description

"[Oprah Winfrey and Bruce D. Perry] are both capable, likable narrators who are sincerely engaged with their subject matter...The performances of these two humanitarians make this a must-hear for anyone recovering from their traumatic past." -- AudioFile Magazine

This program is read by the authors.

Our earliest experiences shape our lives far down the road, and What Happened to You? provides powerful scientific and emotional insights into the behavioral patterns so many of us struggle to understand.

“Through this lens we can build a renewed sense of personal self-worth and ultimately recalibrate our responses to circumstances, situations, and relationships. It is, in other words, the key to reshaping our very lives.”—Oprah Winfrey

This audiobook is going to change the way you see your life.

Have you ever wondered "Why did I do that?" or "Why can't I just control my behavior?" Others may judge our reactions and think, "What's wrong with that person?" When questioning our emotions, it's easy to place the blame on ourselves; holding ourselves and those around us to an impossible standard. It's time we started asking a different question.

Through deeply personal conversations, Oprah Winfrey and renowned brain and trauma expert Dr. Bruce Perry offer a groundbreaking and profound shift from asking “What’s wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?”

Here, Winfrey shares stories from her own past, understanding through experience the vulnerability that comes from facing trauma and adversity at a young age. In conversation throughout the audiobook, she and Dr. Perry focus on understanding people, behavior, and ourselves. It’s a subtle but profound shift in our approach to trauma, and it’s one that allows us to understand our pasts in order to clear a path to our future—opening the door to resilience and healing in a proven, powerful way.

A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books

Bruce D. Perry
hr min
April 27
Macmillan Audio

Customer Reviews

daybreaktink ,

This book is amazing

It’s not just about stories like other books. They also talk about the brain and how it works. How regulation and balance is extremely important for everyone.

I was especially intrigued by how the emotional part of our brain is the first one that takes and reacts to data that comes into our body (example a specific smell) and react (in a positive or negative way) to it even before our logical/rational part of our brain can analyze it.

I really believe that this book can help every single human being become a better person by helping us look at others in a different and better light. Humanity needs more books like this.

Thank you very much, not just to the authors but to every person that helped make this book a reality. Many blessings! :D

jackp1962 ,


This audio is the absolute best I’ve ever listened to. Oprah and Dr. Perry narrate this book in a way you are able to picture everything being read!

This is a must listen to those who love audio books/podcasts.

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