This book was incredibly fascinating. The author did a nice job of balancing the case studies with facts about the way the brain receives and interprets information. It was interesting how trauma or neglect at early ages had different effects on how the children's brains developed. If anything, this book was an instruction manual for how I can raise happy healthy kids depending on how their brain develops at any given time. The only part that was hard to listen to was Dr. Perry's analysis at the end of the book which got very preachy. I understand it's necessary to conclude this book with the authors summation of the stories and what they mean, but I feel like that was done so well throughout the book that the end was just redundant.
Yes. This reader has the perfect voice for this subject, and I believe gives the correct nuances.
Everyone should understand the forces that shape our relationships and society as a whole. By teaching us the roots of empathy vs the roots of sociopaths, the author creates a powerful tool in the reader.
Hmmm, I have two....the interactions with the Raven, and how the author first approaches the boy in the cage.
No, because each case sparked very interesting family discussions.
I want to encourage, no...IMPLORE, everyone who works with children to read it. The author explores how our brains develop sequentially, how this is affected by life experiences, and how those effects shape our personalities. Reading this should be a requirement for teachers, and parents will find it fascinating. If you think your kids are being given too much homework, your gut is right and he explains why....and so much more! The true case stories he relates will grip you.
This book has a very engaging style which alternates between stories and scientific information. The scientific information is relevant and understandable and very interesting for anyone who is interested in how the brain development effects the way a person thinks and responds to the world around him. The stories are riveting and even made me cry a couple times. I highly recommend this book for social workers, CPS workers, parole officers, those in the medical field, teachers, daycare workers, and anyone who works with children. It should be a must read for child development classes.
This book inspired me as a parent. I'd listen again just to re-enforce what I can provide for my family.
Many of the stories about the children were heart breaking but uplifting in the end. Very inspiring.
The stories in this book are really well written and narrated. I was left wanting more.
Anyone who works with children should read this, especially mental health professionals.
The case examples and personal stories really added depth and understanding to the concepts.
Yes I would consider the audio version to be better than the printed version because the words seems to come to life when you listen to them and you can multi-task while listening to the book.
The most compelling aspect of the narrative was the fact that every word was understood,especially when the narrator used different tones in their perspective contexts.
Yes,Leon's story speaks volumes and shows how people can become the way that they are.
Loved,loved,loved the book,especially Audible.It helped me get through a class that I had absolutely no extra time to sit and read the book.It was read to me. The creation of Audible was genius.
Yes I would listen to it again. I learned so much and found it extremely interesting to see the psyche of people. The crazy sides...
Don't let the title fool you, this book is about real cases and they are bizarre. You want to hear these cases.
This book is better the getting an entire psych degree. This book has inspired me to go get a masters degree so that I can be a child therapist. The Performance was maybe the best of any book I have bought so far as well. Listen to this book! It will make you a more empathetic person.
Yes, because it is important for us to realize how these things happen and as I said, it leaves you with much food for thought...
I'm a senior but I've just started reading by using audio books so as fast as I can listen I haven't read enough books to compare yet...
There were several as there were many stories in the book. However, the end of the book is something I wish everyone could read and take to heart.
I totally enjoyed this book. It's not a happy story but people tend to say things like, what were they thinking, and this book helps you to understand where they are coming from and why they may have responded the way they did.
Well-written, enlightening, and revealing look at the way early psychological trauma impacts children. The vignettes make for an easy read, and the explanations offer just the right amount of detail.