The Body Keeps the Score The Body Keeps the Score

The Body Keeps the Score

Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

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Publisher Description

#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.

Health, Mind & Body
September 25
Penguin Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

Sleepingarby ,

Insightful use of science for trauma

I found the connection of the mind-body in dealing with trauma and the various methods proposed very intriguing.

smallpkgs ,

The best book on trauma, for professionals and patients. Explains, and offers hope

I was abused throughout my childhood. I ended up a runaway in the late sixties, and at 14 was assaulted for five days in the St. Louis youth facility.
Nothing matches this book for explaining me to me. With accessible and powerful language, anecdotes, and good science, van der Kolk makes the case for how trauma rewires us, and what we can do about it.
I have waited for this book my whole life.

rdrobson ,

An Easy Read - But Questionable

The writing style was an easy one for me to engage. However, some of the things he presents I find highly questionable. Namely the whole repressed memory bit. Great harm was done by advocates of this theory back in the 80’s and 90’s and now here it is again.

I suspect other parts of the book are more accurate and I have seen it quoted in several other books which I have greater trust in.

Bottom line: Don’t rely on it without doing further reading elsewhere.

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