This book discussing the ways our human brain works, this doctor takes us into the lives of people who grew up with emptiness, abandonment, abuse etc.. Though this time it is our children seen through the lens of being abandoned, abused and the like.
These case studies are profound and enlightening. It shows how a childs mind will form around the hardest of situations. His patience and steadfastness is a light for anyone working with these kids.
It could have gone on and on that is how interesting the book was.
3.5 stars. Well-written book covering some of the more extreme cases of childhood trauma encountered and treated by a psychiatrist. Dr. Perry has worked with Russian orphan adoptees, victims of childhood rape, and child survivors of the Branch Davidians compound in Waco, Texas, among others. He does a good job of using individual cases in a humane and sensitive way, while also offering explanations of brain function and development in layman's terms. Interesting, sad, but still hopeful book.
"A must red for Anyone who has children, works with children or makes policies that affects children!"
Finally, a book that uses compassion, wisdom, humour and evidence-based knowledge to talk about how to help children. I found the accounts of the different mal-treated children and the stories of their treatment to be utterly fascinating and heartwarming. I also loved the information about brain development. The suggestions in the final chapter are so needed, by our entire modern society!
I am a slow reader in comparison to others who read frequently, I take my time and absorb the story. I focus in on details and I remember those that stand out. I love adventure stories and non fiction.
this book is enthralling and beautiful. a great read and incredibly educational and well written.
I can't believe how much I've learned just from this book. The heartbreaking circumstances these children have endured is unfathomable, but their ability to come back from this is truly astounding. Dr Perry is truly a brilliant man and this book is enjoyably written and narrated. will listen to this one again!
I almost gave up on this one because of how slow the beginning was, but it turned out to be very interesting. However, the title is a bit misleading. The book goes through a number of case studies with a boy "being raised as a dog" only one of them and not even one that a significant amount of time was spent on. I would definitely recommend this to any parent or someone interested in child psychology.
The book, while a little dated, is respectful of the children whose stories are shared and is careful about how extreme violence and sexual abuse are described. The narrator, on the other hand, destroys the delicacy of this and starts telling violence and sexual abuse of children as if it were a 5:00 news special on "scary bad" mental illness.