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What Happened To You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing

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Oprah Winfrey, Bruce D. Perry

8 Hours 27 Minutes

Macmillan Audio

April 2021

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'[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

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    This book is an investment in you and your clan. You will learn how “what happened to you” has impacted your life and how you can learn, grow and build resiliency. Fantastic read! Thank you Dr. Perry and Oprah

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    This book should be mandatory for anyone who works with children. The authors have a nice rapport and it is as if you are listening in on their conversation. The simple suggestions made by Dr.Perry are something that one can grasp and implement easily.

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    Everyone needs to hear this book. We all have trauma and it shapes our behavior. I appreciated the relatable stories and the hopeful healing sections. Great book!

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