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The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

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Sean Pratt

16 Hours 19 Minutes

Gildan Media

October 2014

Audio Book Summary

A pioneering researcher and one of the world's foremost experts on traumatic stress offers a bold new paradigm for healing

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. Such experiences inevitably leave traces on minds, emotions, and even on biology. Sadly, trauma sufferers frequently pass on their stress to their partners and children.

Renowned trauma expert Bessel van der Kolk has spent over three decades working with survivors. In The Body Keeps the Score, he transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain's wiring-specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust. He shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including neurofeedback, mindfulness techniques, play, yoga, and other therapies. Based on Dr. van der Kolk's own research and that of other leading specialists, The Body Keeps the Score offers proven alternatives to drugs and talk therapy-and a way to reclaim lives.

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    Excellent book by an expert in the field . Up to date information on modern trauma treatment.

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    Very insightful, for those who need to understand the science behind how we feel

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    Amazing book. Thoughtful, inspiring, hopeful- but also difficult and possibly triggery in parts. I highly recommend it for anyone with ptsd, emotional challenges, or just an interest in the workings of the mind.

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    Really enjoyed the exploration of trauma research and various modalities for treatment.

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    Very helpful recommended to me by my therapist

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  • Michael K.

    Great book, it taught me a great deal about who I am and how I became this way

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  • Philip R.

    Very comprehensible and at the same time in-depth book on trauma. Even as somebody with no background in psychology I gained a lot through listening to this book. In my opinion the perfect combination with the works of Dr. Gabor Maté. The first few chapters might seem very focused on war veterans, but the author manages to broaden his approach to trauma work significantly throughout the chapters. It was also very nice to have the final chapters on how to deal with it he mentioned types of trauma, i.e. Yoga, IFS, etc.

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  • Leslie J

    This book is fascinating! I had to read it for school but only read specific parts. After I graduated I got the audiobook and I am almost finished with it now. Great insight into Trauma, how the mind and body adjust to the unthinkable, information on Top down/Bottom up therapies and usefulness in both, breakdown of EMDR, Psychomotor Therapy, and IFS (Internal Family Systems.) As a therapist working in Addictions where I see and hear horrific tragedies on a daily basis, I am constantly learning and searching for new ways to help my clients and better understand their needs, wants, and desires. This book intrigued me so much that I often arrived to work while listening to the audiobook and remained in my car another 10-15 minutes to finish a segment!

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  • Maria A

    Great insight on how trauma affects the body and also useful ways to help clients!

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