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

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"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.

 

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User Review  - LisCarey - www.librarything.com

This was in many ways a tough listen for me, but a good one. Van der Kolk is a psychiatrist who has worked extensively with trauma survivors. This book is about the ways traumatic experiences ... Read full review

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If you are interested in the science and treatment of trauma, and I mean if you have any little interest in it at all, then read this book. It's fascinating to see how negative experiences can affect ... Read full review

Contents

FACING TRAUMA
1
LESSONS FROM VIETNAM VETERANS
7
REVOLUTIONS IN UNDERSTANDING MIND AND BRAIN
22
THE NEUROSCIENCE
39
THE ANATOMY OF SURVIVAL
51
BODYBRAIN CONNECTIONS
74
Losin G You R BoDY Los ING You R SELF
89
THE UNBEARABLE HEAVINESS OF REMEMBERING
186
YOGA
265
SELFLEADERSHIP
279
CREATING STRUCTURES
298
REWIRING
311
CHOICES TO BE MADE
349
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
359
RESOURCES
365
NOTES
373

OWNING YOUR SELF
205
MIRACLE AND TYRANNY
232
EMDR
251

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About the author (2015)

Bessel van der Kolk, M.D., is the founder and medical director of the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts. He is also a professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine and director of the National Complex Trauma Treatment Network. When he is not teaching around the world, Dr. van der Kolk works and lives Boston.

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