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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 15 Minutes

Penguin Audio

February 2021

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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.

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  • Sam S.

    So helpful and powerful.

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  • Anonymous

    Tremendous insights for policymaking, individual health improvement, and professionals working with people suffering from the aftereffects of trauma,. Fascinating parallels between physical and mental health care industries. A life changing book that, if widely read and applied, could easily be world changing too.

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  • Catalina C.

    10/10

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  • Harry K.

    Exceptional book I had so many “the light bulb went on” moments. It helped me understand things that were said years ago and mine and other peoples reactions to different situation. Wish I had read this book many years ago it would have helped so much for me personally and others. Wish I could get some others to read/listen to it. I had times when he said something and I had to rewind and listen multiple times because it was “so that’s what that was about 40 years ago”. Wish I had known that then.

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  • aghostofnothing

    Phenomenal, informative, and validating. My therapist recommended this before going into EMDR therapy, and it helped set me up for success.

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  • Anonymous

    It was all very interesting and helpful for dealing with my own experiences and in knowing how to relate to others. I just was disappointed that there was no mention of the Bible, forgiveness of sins, freedom in Christ for fears, burdens, and rejection.

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  • Anonymous

    Amazing. Just amazing. I am someone with trauma. I am someone that will soon be adopting an older child that will have trauma. I have a husband with trauma. This book was so enlightening, so confirming, just so what I needed and honestly everyone needs to read/listen to. I will be listening to this one again and again.

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  • Anonymous

    The part about yoga was very well done it was helpful in remembering that the body carries the past which does not mean that the past and the future have to coincide

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  • Anonymous

    I've loved and recommended this book!!

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  • Shannon Q.

    This is my new favorite book. Very informative. This allowed me to understand trauma and PTSD in a way I never thought I could. I have a better understanding of treatments, especially EMDR. I would definitely listen again as I am sure I missed some information. Highly recommend!

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