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The Body Keeps the Score Audiobook

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

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Publisher's Summary

A pioneering researcher and one of the world’s foremost experts on traumatic stress offers a bold new paradigm for healing Trauma is a fact of life. Veterans and their families deal with the painful aftermath of combat; one in five Americans has been molested; one in four grew up with alcoholics; one in three couples have engaged in physical violence. Such experiences inevitably leave traces on minds, emotions, and even on biology. Sadly, trauma sufferers frequently pass on their stress to their partners and children. Renowned trauma expert Bessel van der Kolk has spent over three decades working with survivors. In The Body Keeps the Score, he transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain’s wiring - specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust. He shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including neuro feedback, mindfulness techniques, play, yoga, and other therapies. Based on Dr. van der Kolk’s own research and that of other leading specialists, The Body Keeps the Score offers proven alternatives to drugs and talk therapy - and a way to reclaim lives.

©2014 Bessel van der Kolk, MD (P)2014 Gildan Media LLC

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    Penny K 02-23-15
    Penny K 02-23-15 Member Since 2006

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    "An intense, transforming journey, inner and outer!"
    If you could sum up The Body Keeps the Score in three words, what would they be?

    revealing essential effective


    What did you like best about this story?

    I deeply appreciate the opportunity to learn about all the caring, devoted, persevering and generous people who care about traumatized children and adults and carry out their effective methods of treatment without fanfare or adequate funding. They deserve greater recognition by psychological and psychiatric professionals, by the National Institute of Mental Health and by congress.


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

    Sometimes I was distressed to hear about the traumatic events of some lives, yet I was inspired by the capacity of the methods outlined by Dr van der Kolk to transform the minds and lives of traumatized individuals.


    Any additional comments?

    I want to congratulate Sean Pratt, the narrator, whose tone conveyed empathy as well as outrage, always mildly and within bounds, but nonetheless vividly.

    50 of 51 people found this review helpful
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    Amy W. 06-05-15
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    "Terrific book!"

    Book is just great. It alternates between childhood trauma and adulthood trauma, so it's applicable to both areas.

    39 of 40 people found this review helpful
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    Aceaussie New York, NY United States 02-28-15
    Aceaussie New York, NY United States 02-28-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Destined to be a classic"

    A very comprehensive book exploring PTSD and the effects upon the brain. The author explains the latest technology and methods available to reserve the effects. Very well done, an excellent read.

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    colleen geis 05-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Unbelievably clear and Life Changing"

    I am tremendously grateful to have stumbled upon this book after the suggestion from my therapist to try EMDR. Facts laid out clearly and succinctly. I now understand that the symptoms of the trauma I've endured in my life are a result of brain and chemical patterning in order to survive - not that I can't just get my shit together and move forward. I wish it had not taken me so long, medication and lots of self doubt to get here. I am excited and scared to take real steps forward in the reconstruction of my brain/mind and memories, and start moving toward true joy. With so much gratitude. If you struggle from a past that inhibits you from enjoying the now. Please read/listen to this book. Bessel Van der Kolk is a hero of the human spirit, and an advocate of all those suffering from the deep tracks that early trauma dig for the soul. He's giving us a ladder with this book. There is hope. Xoxo

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    Giraffebutterfly 06-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I was listening to this on what was supposed to be a short walk, and got so drawn into it that my walk turned into a hike of several hours. I learned so many new things, and it wasn't hard to follow. The moment I finished I ordered the printed version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Body Keeps the Score?

    I enjoyed the history of trauma diagnosis and therapy, and the story of the couple who was in a severe car accident, and how their brains processed the experience differently.

    There was also really interesting research about the effectiveness of trauma therapies, and something about trauma therapy after 9/11.


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    Susan Damour Henniker, NH USA 01-31-15
    Susan Damour Henniker, NH USA 01-31-15 Member Since 2014
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    "The must read for individuals and loved ones"

    the narration was excellent and the content blew me away. The best work on trauma.

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    KrsinD 02-12-15
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    Just finished this book. Heading right back in to listen again

    I'm a voracious reader. Read many different topics. Usually read about 250-300 books per year. 99 percent are nonfiction.

    This book is hands down the best book I've ever come across. Admittedly, I'm diagnosed with C-PTSD. So the topic is of personal interest to me, and psychology is a topic I am very well read in.

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    Amazon Customer 04-07-15
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    outstanding. confirmed some of my own thoughts about illnesses I've seen working in the medical field for over thirty yes. i want to give it to all my colleges to read. i want to be in one to try all the therapy mentioned and start a counseling model in Nashville of all the therapies mentioned to all people. WOW

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    Paul F. 03-17-15
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    What an excellent book. Those with PTSD will benefit the most, but anyone who has experienced trauma or knows someone who has will also benefit. Teachers, counselors, therapists and others will gain a better understanding on how and why the body experiences and hides the trauma.

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    Victoria W. 05-15-15
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    "Spot on!"

    As a trauma survivor this book completely embodies my life's experience. This is a title I want to experience again, as it is so rich with insight. For the first time ever I feel validated. I finally have words to describe how I felt then and feel now. I believe that the treatments described in this book will be a turning point in my life.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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