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

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Penguin, Sep 25, 2014 - Psychology - 464 pages
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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  - Kronomlo - LibraryThing

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

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User Review  - jellyfishjones - LibraryThing

Essential reading for anyone who works with children, who has experienced trauma themselves, or who works with adults with trauma history. This book surveys the topic at both introductory and deep ... Read full review

Contents

FACING TRAUMA l
1
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7
REVOLUTION
39
The minds of child
105
THE COST OF ABUSE AND NEGLECT
123
WHATS LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?
136
THE HIDDEN EPIDEMIC
149
THE UNBEARABLE HEAVINESS OF REMEMBERING
184
YOGA
263
SELFLEADERSHIP
277
CREATING STRUCTURES
296
NEUROFEED BACK
309
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
357
RE SOURCES
363
NOTES
371
INDEX
423

OWNING YOUR SELF
230
EMDR
248

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About the author (2014)

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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