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The Body Keeps the Score

The Body Keeps the Score

2014 . Psychology, Psychopathology, Mental Health, Medical, Psychiatry . Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.

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The Body Keeps the Score

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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.










0670785938 (ISBN13: 9780670785933)

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3 weeks ago


This book took me a long time to get through, but not because it was bad. Actually, quite the opposite. Bessel Van Der Kolk is a well-renowned Harvard educated psychiatrist who dives deep into the ways trauma affects our everyday lives in mind, brain, body, and society. Some of the stories of his patients were hard to get through, and some of it was very clinical. However, it was always easy to understand the science aspect of it, even for me, a non-science person. Understanding why children and adults act a certain way is pertinent to understanding human nature. This book is an important read for anyone, not just those in psychology.


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10 months ago


“The trauma caused by childhood neglect, sexual or domestic abuse and war wreaks havoc in our bodies, says Bessel van der Kolk in The Body Keeps the Score. . . . Van der Kolk draws on 30 years of experience to argue powerfully that trauma is one of the West's most urgent public health issues. . . . Packed with science and human stories, the book is an intense read. . . . [T]he struggle and resilience of his patients is very moving.” —Shaoni Bhattacharya, New Scientist


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1 year ago


How trauma affects the body and mind, and innovative treatments for recovery.

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