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)
This book was recommended by my therapist. I initially thought it was misguided, as I never viewed myself as neglected. In the end, I realized that neglect comes in different forms, and how it impacted my life and view of myself.
The story of the child who didn't grow...
I am reading books to help me become a better husband, father, educator, and person. I need info that will help me support myself and others
Unbelievable and heart wrenching stories laced with solutions and hope. It will bring tears to your eyes, not only because of the neglect that some of these children endured, but also because of the certainty that there are so many more dealing with the same neglect without any type of support system, and who attend schools that expect hard work and commitment without providing any regular and ongoing socio-emotional support. The last chapter sounded like an endorsement for Bernie Sanders, and I loved it. I will be re-reading this book several times, and it has also motivated me to look for a PhD program in Child Psychology.
This book is a must read for anyone who works with children......and anyone who suffered trauma as a child. Dr. Perry is incredibly insightful, honest and humble in sharing what it took him a career to learn. I hope everyone in the mental health fields and their supporting agencies heed his teachings.
I read this to improve my understanding of trauma in working in my profession. What I got was much, much more! I was able to better understand the effects of my own childhood trauma on my brain, helping me to access more self compassion.
Danny was able to transmit the emotion relayed in this book beautifully. I actually thought the author had read it (until I checked about 3/4 of the way through listening) because the performance and relating of the stories was so spot on.
The author was able to weave his humanity into the stories of working with severe cases of abuse, going beyond the 'professional' expectations and even risk his career to do what he knew in his heart was right.
Grab this book, it just may change your life or the life of someone you love!
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.
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