What traumatized children can teach us about loss, love, and healing.
What happens when a young child is traumatized? How does terror affect a child's mind---and how can that mind recover? Child psychiatrist Bruce Perry has treated children faced with unimaginable horror: genocide survivors, witnesses to their own parents' murders, children raised in closets and cages, the Branch Davidian children, and victims of family violence. In The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, he tells their stories of trauma and transformation. Dr. Perry clearly explains what happens to the brain when children are exposed to extreme stress. He reveals his innovative methods for helping to ease their pain, allowing them to become healthy adults. This deeply informed and moving book dramatically demonstrates that only when we understand the science of the mind can we hope to heal the spirit of even the most wounded child.
©2007 Bruce Duncan Perry and Maia Szalavitz (P)2011 Tantor
"Readable, informative about the workings of language, memory, trust, and choice, and ultimately optimistic---while critical of a society that exudes violence and ignores prevention---this book demands and deserves attention from parents, educators, policymakers, courts, and therapists. Highly recommended." (Library Journal Starred Review)
The narrator, and the interesting content of the stories. The stories, while full of interest due to tragedy and horror, do not feel exploitative.
The narrator's warmth was very good and brought a lot to the stories. His calming narration made the sadness of the stories more palatable and compelling, and emphasized the positive outcomes and potential of the helpful information contained within them.
Some of the stories were very saddening, and I came close to tearing up a couple of times as anyone could hearing of a child's tragic abuse or misfortune. But there was always an important and often uplifting lesson to be gleaned from every situation, even the particularly sad ones.
I am a mental health professional, and I found this book extremely informative and insightful. My practice will be improved after listening to this book.
The narrator is somewhat annoying in his pronunciation of some words. For example, he pronounces it ptSd, and adHd.
Heart wrenching and genius wrapped up into one. It has given me priceless insight and perspective into my own personal trauma, as well as in parenting my kiddos as both mom and foster mom, and in treating adolescents I work with at an in-patient psych unit at a state hospital. Incredibly important information. If only the whole world could experience this book.
This book was much, much better than I had anticipated. I learned a lot, was reminded of a lot, and look forward to reading more research on the topic of effective therapies for trauma victims.
Fantastic read! Every parent should have to read this...if only to reiterate the importance of attachment and emotional growth.
"It's been agony, but I couldn't have done it any other way." - Quentin Crisp
The stories of the children were my favorite part of the book. I wondered sometimes if they weren't a bit oversimplified, but in general I think the point comes across. The cases included are naturally very dramatic and often rather sensational. I'd be interested to read about cases involving less sensational trauma. The more I think of it, I guess my favorite aspect of the book is the way it gets the message across that early experiences of violence and neglect profoundly shape the way we develop, neurobiologically, socially, emotionally, and psychology. From everything I've read, experiences of neglect and chronic insecurity are much more damaging than most people might imagine.
I would imagine that most people I know might enjoy this book. He doesn't do the greatest job of tying these stories together, but the actually case vignettes are very engaging.
The narrator did a decent job, but his delivery was a bit too folksy for my tastes. I might also say that this book, as you might expect, would be likely to trigger some negative memories and such from one's old childhood, but that there is a tone of optimism and warmth that makes reading about these difficult cases less difficult than one might imagine.
A supervisor gave this book to me when I was an intern. I started reading it back then but never had time to finish. The Audiobook made it real and accessible. Amazing work that has been done for children and families by Dr. Perry. Really touched me and inspired me to work harder for my clients.
Every story seemed to reach parts of thoughts that moved me and helped me recognize where I can improve my care. I would say the title case study was one of the shortest although meaningful there are some great cases in this book.
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