The Body Keeps the ScoreBessel van der Kolk, M.D.

The Body Keeps the Score

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The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D. Book Summary

#1 New York Times bestseller

“Essential reading for anyone interested in understanding and treating traumatic stress and the scope of its impact on society.” —Alexander McFarlane, Director of the Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies

A pioneering researcher transforms our understanding of trauma and offers a bold new paradigm for healing in this New York Times bestseller
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.

The Body Keeps the Score (Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.) Book Reviews

Excellent book on trauma.This book is a must read if you suffered from trauma yourself or want to better understand trauma in others..Score: 5/5

Horrifying, yet revelatoryThis book makes it easier to understand how scientists created the atomic bomb. To believe a mother that lost two children in a car accident that was her fault should just put it behind her; to believe a 5-year old with a solution for 9/11 suicide he witnessed is insightful; to assert that a patient would mend better if they weren’t receiving disability pay they earned, all simply add up to one thing: you should spend more time with lab animals than humans..Score: 1/5

Truly scientific approach to mental health extremely informativeThank you so much for your honest perspective Dr Vander Kolk! What a wonderfully informative explanation of your life’s work with Trauma. My wife and I are already benefiting she has had debilitating chronic health problems from family trauma but we see a light of hope..Score: 5/5

Easy read , VERY interestingI like this book very much . It has many interesting subjects and narrated experiments.Score: 5/5

For a better understanding of trauma…This book is so insightful, so informative…my only regret is not knowing about it sooner in life. A must read for most people!.Score: 5/5

Great Book!This was such a great book! It really shows me how my childhood has effected me and now I just have to consciously want to make changes!.Score: 5/5

One of the best books I have ever readThis is one of the greatest books I have ever read. I loved every chapter and loved how detail it got with healing trauma and abuse. It has helped me healing journey..Score: 5/5

Incredibly InformativeI can’t explain how this book tied so many things together. The neuroscience behind the theory. I can’t say that I am over the things that happened in my past. I can say that I don’t feel as isolated and I have a greater understanding of who I am and how i developed into the person I am today..Score: 5/5

ExcellentExcellent!.Score: 5/5

Absolutely incredible and informativeI have been through a lot of trauma and I cannot express how much clarity this book has given me. I found myself rereading a lot of pages, sharing them, and interpreting how this fits my life so well. I will be buying the actual book. I’ve talked about it nonstop. It’s incredible to see another perspective and science behind trauma. Mental health is so stigmatized. Trauma has a truly incapacitating effect on my life. I’m in awe of how educational and magnifying this book is..Score: 5/5

IncredibleI was assigned to read this book by my therapist. When I first started reading it I just felt like it wasn't for me, and I wasn't very interested at all. But I pushed through that and as I kept reading I found myself loving this book. I understand so much about myself and i this book was a great blessing. I now am doing yoga, and controlling my anxiety more. It's amazing!.Score: 5/5

The best book on trauma, for professionals and patients. Explains, and offers hopeI was abused throughout my childhood. I ended up a runaway in the late sixties, and at 14 was assaulted for five days in the St. Louis youth facility. Nothing matches this book for explaining me to me. With accessible and powerful language, anecdotes, and good science, van der Kolk makes the case for how trauma rewires us, and what we can do about it. I have waited for this book my whole life..Score: 5/5

A Must ReadA must read for anyone that seeks to understand themselves and society. A must read for all who strive to learn, heal, grow and love..Score: 5/5

The Body Keeps The ScoreI thought this book was an excellent compilation of studies, experiences, and life stories. Different types of therapy work for different people. We’re not a “one type fits all” culture. The very nature of humanity is that we’re all different. We will all grow, learn, and change through different processes..Score: 5/5

Good info but long windedReally good, really long winded could/should be more abbreviated book. Not so much hyperbole, his language is in Kay end terms, just could have been edited for content better..Score: 3/5

Body Keeps the ScoreGreat read. So important to understand the effects of trauma, on the individual and society at large..Score: 5/5

Actionable and insightful work on alleviating traumaIncredibly insightful look into the human condition and the processes involved in creating, sustaining, and finally liberating one’s self from trauma. If you or anyone you know has experienced trauma (we all know someone whether we KNOW of their abuse or not) this book will help you to understand the behaviors, thought processes, and affects of abused and neglected individuals. It will give you the insight to be more compassionate not only to others but how to extend that compassion to one’s self. A critical component of healing. I cannot recommend this book more..Score: 5/5

Such a wealth of information!I love this book. As a person of a very traumatic childhood. Abuse from dad, mom, grandparents on both sides, other family members and their friends. No where safe to run. Although a functioning person of society in my mid 40s I still live in a cage with my mind. I’ve been to a lot of counselors w/ small amounts of progress and have felt discouraged. After reading this book, it has given me lots of understanding of why I didn’t benefit much from traditional counseling. I’m very hopeful for the future! I’ve already began the process and see a lot of hopeful progress and look forward to living a life of freedom and being who I was created to be! Thank you Dr Bessel van der Kolk for caring enough to do what you do and for writing this book!.Score: 5/5

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