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Summary of The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel Van der Kolk, M.D. | Book Summary Includes Analysis Audiobook

Summary of The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel Van der Kolk, M.D. | Book Summary Includes Analysis

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Book Summary: The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel Van der Kolk, MD

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. Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, one of the world's foremost experts on trauma, has spent over three decades working with survivors. In The Body Keeps the Score, he uses recent scientific advances to show how trauma literally reshapes both body and brain, compromising sufferers' capacities for pleasure, engagement, self-control, and trust. He explores innovative treatments - from neurofeedback and meditation to sports, drama, and yoga - that offer new paths to recovery by activating the brain's natural neuroplasticity. Based on Dr. van der Kolk's own research and that of other leading specialists, The Body Keeps the Score exposes the tremendous power of our relationships both to hurt and to heal - and offers new hope for reclaiming lives.

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    a must read for those in the medical professions, teaching professions, police, firemen, paramedics pastors and trauma survivors. life alering. .

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    drmac San Antonio, TX 10-22-17
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    Quick reference to the notes I would have taken reading the book. Really appreciate flashbooks.

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    this summary is helpful, concise, and in formative. the narraration is a little stiff, but listenable . good overview of the brain in response to trauma.

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    The summary isn't bad. However, the book that it's based on isn't as good as all the hype about it. Why this book gets such rave reviews is beyond me. If you want to hear someone define trauma and go into their experiences in treating it, then you'll love this summary ( and book). However, if you're looking for real solutions and ways to deal with trauma then you'll be disappointed. To this end the author offers deep breathing, mindfulness, yoga and EMDR. The science behind these modes of treatment is weak. Even the much hyped mindfulness meditation has weak science behind it as a treatment for trauma. Sadly, science is very political in that one must always follow the money and agenda to determine if the studies and claims are legit or just b.s.

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