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)
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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The collection of stories are well written and the mental mind behind them, explained. You get a look into both minds the victims and the offender.
That people do call for help and they get turned away - then they do their best and a boy ends up living in a cage - our system sucks.
Buy it, where you are interested in true crime, children, psychology, its a very good listen. but do not forget these stories are true.
It really made me take a look at "WHY" people do the things they do. I always knew that people are molded into who they are by the environment they are raised in, but this book really allowed me to see just how much things could impact your life and why.
I feel like this is a must read if you have ever gone through anything really traumatic in your life, ESPECIALLY if you have never sought out therapy for it. It helps you to make the connection in how past events in your life could still be presenting affecting you.
I am a school counselor that loves horror, fantasy, autobiographies, self-help, and Christian genres. I am a BIG bookworm! Reading is life!
I am in the counseling field, and this book gave me a deeper understanding into trauma that I would not be able to receive through my classes. I really loved how the author explained how trauma affects the brain and how the environment can alter the mind and behavior of a child. The stories were heart wrenching but fascinating.
I loved that the author was able to look outside of the box for solutions to issues these clients were experiencing and worked hard to help them be successful in the end
I think this was more which case study was more intriguing to me and that would have to be the title...the boy who was raised as a dog. It was fascinating to see his progression to becoming a functioning young man. I could not get over someone raising a child by keeping him in a dog cage! Another one that stuck with me was the child basically screaming for help because his foster mother was trying to make him sick or kill him (mauchausen) to get attention from others.
I think the book would have been overwhelming to listen to in one sitting because it's filled with so much knowledge and wisdom. A reader needs time to soak in the information.
I loved the narrator! He was very pleasant to listen to and I felt so easily drawn into the case studies.
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