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The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook | [Bruce D. Perry, Maia Szalavitz]

The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Jennifer Etobicoke, ON, Canada 08-24-13
    Jennifer Etobicoke, ON, Canada 08-24-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Eye Opening!"
    Would you listen to The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog again? Why?

    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...


    Any additional comments?

    Don't let the title fool you, this book is about real cases and they are bizarre. You want to hear these cases.

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    mike MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA, United States 07-07-13
    mike MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA, United States 07-07-13
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    "I wish every person would read this book."

    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.

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    Monica 04-08-13
    Monica 04-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I learned a lot and it was an interesting listen."

    Great book for anyone who has a small child or children in their life. I learned a lot, not just based on this doctors word, but the science and statistics behind it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth Jericho, VT, United States 03-20-13
    Ruth Jericho, VT, United States 03-20-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Very eye opening stories and food for thought"
    Would you listen to The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog again? Why?

    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...


    What other book might you compare The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog to and why?

    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...


    Have you listened to any of Danny Campbell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    cecilia Evergreen, CO, United States 03-11-13
    cecilia Evergreen, CO, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Every parent should pick up this book."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed listening to the book. However, I am sure that Dr. Perry had many more stories he could tell. He spent way too much time in the detail. After a time, each story became bogged down with miniscule details.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Bruce D. Perry and Maia Szalavitz ? Why or why not?

    Yes. I might purchase another book only if Dr. Perry would cover more stories and get out of the detail.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I am not sure that I had a favorite scene. I did enjoy listenting to the doctor step back and admit that there were times when he didn't know what to do. I especially liked the story about the teenage who would cut herself and go into 'another' world to escape the sexual abuse perpetrated by her mother's boyfriend.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No. It was interesting, but could've been so much better.


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    stephaniesshoes Houston, Texas 03-11-13
    stephaniesshoes Houston, Texas 03-11-13
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    "Interesting listen.."

    I can't say that I was caught putting off my life in order to hear the end of a chapter each day or anything, but if you enjoy reading about psychology, the human mind, and it's responses to trauma, this was very interesting. It includes chapters regarding the children who escaped the Branch Dividians and how they overcame being brainwashed and how they were able to readjust to "normal" life, as well as several other interesting stories. There isn't a hint of condescension in the authors tone, nor does he engage in overly clinical phraseology, or describe the subjects from a removed, medicalized perspective. He seems to truly care about all of the patients he describes, and his passion for his work comes through clearly. I don't know that I would listen to this more than once, but it was definitely worth a first listen.

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    Brandy Durham, NC, United States 02-28-13
    Brandy Durham, NC, United States 02-28-13 Member Since 2015
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    Would you listen to The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog again? Why?

    Possibly, if I needed a refresher on treatment of childhood ptsd. This was very interesting and enlightening. The narrator had a soothing voice and discussed the cases in a calm manner without making it too 'clinical'. I left the book with a lot of things to think about.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Most of the cases discussed were horrifying but the treatment and follow-up gives hope that there is hope for traumatized children with the right care and attention without hiding the failures or future issues of the patients. There are no happy endings, but there is hope for kids that get the help they need.


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    Emily Memphis, TN, United States 02-26-13
    Emily Memphis, TN, United States 02-26-13 Member Since 2014
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    "A Book That I Did Not Want to End"
    If you could sum up The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog in three words, what would they be?

    Enlightening, Interesting, Optimistic


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I love the part about the child who was spent his first three years in a Russian orphanage before being adopted by an American couple. He'd had very little interaction with adults while he was in Russia and, because of this, he had many developmental issues and undeveloped language skills.
    I was fascinated by the story because of how immature the boy was when the Psychiatrist first met him and how he improved so drastically. This story shows how human interaction helps young brains to develop and how there is so much hope and potential for kids whose brains do not receive the ammunition that they need.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Given the length of the book, it's not something that I could listen to in one sitting, but I absolutely wanted to do so.


    Any additional comments?

    I was practically careening forward and hanging onto every last word. I bought this book because it was on sale, but once I started listening to it, I didn't want to stop. I learned so much about child trauma and development, and the whole time, I was completely enthralled. I started listening to the book again only a few days after it ended. There is so much to glean from the stories in the book; if you have or work with kids (as I do) you can take the knowledge of child development learned from this book and apply it to the kids in your life, but even if you don't it is still absolutely incredible. I highly recommend this book.

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    Chandra Bloomington, IN, United States 02-22-13
    Chandra Bloomington, IN, United States 02-22-13 Member Since 2014

    I love end of the world and zombie books. I also love a great romance novel,

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    "An interesting look at brain development!"
    If you could sum up The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog in three words, what would they be?

    It was interesting, sad, and educational. I'm not sure what I was expecting when I purchased this book. It is basically a collaboration of cases this psychiatrist encountered during his career and how he treated these patients in these difficult situations. I am an RN and I really enjoyed the author's descriptions regarding the development of the human brain based on certain childhood experiences. I felt the author's descriptions on brain development were also described in lay men's terms so that those without a medical background could easily understand what the author was trying to convey. It is a must read for anyone with children or who plan to have children.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    It was interesting learning about how environmental factors affected childhood brain development. I am definitely more empathetic when around other children and my approach to children. I find myself wanting to champion children who seem to be struggling with issues. I did find it jarring at times that the author jumped from describing one case into another, then back to the previous case.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed reading about how the author was able to help a young boy develop into an average young man using "new" techniques to reverse the trauma that caused changes in brain development after the child was basically abandoned for the first 2 years of life.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Brain development and the young child.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Morrow, GA, United States 02-20-13
    Linda Morrow, GA, United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2012

    Mother of three, grandmother of two, work full time as a labor and delivery nurse and love to listen to books while I am doing other things.

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    The authors have some interesting insights into how to help children who have been traumatized and some helpful ideas about how to change our society of today for the better of our children. I wish all new parents could read it.

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