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The Body Keeps the Score

Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
Narrated by: Sean Pratt
Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
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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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Really brings light to the mechanics behind Trauma

This book provides incredibly powerful insights into our brains and how they are affected by adverse experiences and gives a variety of alternative therapies that can help. It also faces the reader with their own possible story if trauma. Highly recommend it!

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Profound and astonishing

I've never experienced trauma but this book was still worth listening to. I highly recommend.

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Innovative

Dipping my toe in the water. Well written and narrated. Definitely changing my practice as a result of this read.

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amazing book

love this book, and not just for healing but truly a look into the future is trauma and stress are not better felt with

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Must read for every human being

There is not much to say besides the fact that everyone should read this book.

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Understanding Trauma, made accessible

The Body Keeps the Score makes sense of the complexities of trauma. It helps professionals and the public understand the impacts, the causes and, most importantly, the strategies for managing this pervasive problem. Thank you vdk for your no nonsense and empathetic work!

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Essential Reading for Working with Trauma

This book provides essential information for understanding the nature of trauma, and its impact on the brain and the body, and highlights the most effective approaches for treatment. It also includes realistic critiques of conventional approaches and their effectiveness. Many case examples are provided to demonstrate the application of the concepts introduced. As a mental health professional, this book has provided me with invaluable information for enhancing my approach to working with trauma.

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A fascinating review of trauma research

The Body Keeps the Score provides an excellent review of the history of trauma in clinical settings, the neurological effects of trauma, and the psychological, interpersonal consequences of traumatic experiences. This book is both engaging and wonderfully narrated. #Audible1

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Excellent book!

I really enjoyed listening to this audible book written by Bessel Van Der Kolk. The content was fantastic and very important for the field of mental health and trauma treatment. In addition, I thoroughly enjoyed the narrator and felt that his voice and cadence was particularly appropriate for this book. Great read and excellent audible book! #Audible1

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So informative!

I was recommended this book as a yoga teacher and interested in trauma sensitive training. I learned so much from this book. highly recommended! #audible1

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  • Paul F.
  • 2015-03-17

There's a Reason for the High Ratings

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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  • colleen geis
  • 2015-05-06

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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  • Susan Damour
  • Henniker, NH USA
  • 2015-01-31

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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  • Amy W.
  • 2015-06-05

Terrific book!

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

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  • Penny K
  • 2015-02-23

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.

Which scene was your favorite?

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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.

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  • KrsinD
  • 2015-02-12

Profound

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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  • Victoria W.
  • 2015-05-15

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.

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  • Aceaussie
  • New York, NY United States
  • 2015-02-28

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2015-04-07

ddh

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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  • Giraffebutterfly
  • 2015-06-19

Couldn't stop listening

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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