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What causes people to continually relive what they most want to forget and what treatments could help restore them to a life with purpose and joy?

In this audiobook, Dr Bessel van der Kolk offers a new paradigm for effectively treating traumatic stress.

Neither talking nor drug therapies have proven entirely satisfactory. With stories of his own work and those of specialists around the globe, The Body Keeps the Score sheds new light on the routes away from trauma - which lie in the regulation and syncing of body and mind, using sport, drama, yoga, mindfulness, meditation and other routes to equilibrium.

This inspiring and timeless audiobook is read by Sean Pratt.

©2019 Bessel van der Kolk (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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Good advice but hard to relate to

This book commences with examples of traumatic experiences and personal experiences. although it is useful to illustrate and describe what brings the author to certain conclusions it is hard to relate to. Particularly as it describes a lot of terrible experiences his patients suffered in the Vietnam war. Most people cannot relate to extreme war situations or terrible sexual abuse. And although the author explains that a large ratio of people have some type of trauma in their lives he then goes on to describe these extreme scenarios. Not helpful, as it undermines the impact of everyday trauma that is, bullying, abuse, fatal accidents, bereavement and watching a loved one suffer. This is how the book begins but it kind of sets the scene and I didn't find it very helpful.

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Changed my life

If you've had significant trauma in your life you need to read this, it deals with some pretty triggering topics but it's definitely impacted my life for the better

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A treasure!!!

If you had traumatic childhood or life experiences or simply there was something missing in your family that made you feel alone and unprotected- this book will help you to start accepting what happen to you and move on.

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A book for professionals, but still accessible

Full of science and the latest theory. Very interesting even for the lay person. I would recommend to professionals and amateur psychologists alike.

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Great Insight into Trauma and Ways to Deal wit it.

It's a brilliant book which is very informative and insightful on Trauma and possible ways of dealing with it. It's very holistic and Dr Van Der Kolks vast experience and insights make it very valuable.

I'm in the process of training to be a Counsellor, and I know this book will have a very positive and lasting impact on my practice.

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A master key for understanding trauma

Essential reading for anyone dealing with, or working with children or adults dealing with trauma. Informative, thorough, inspiring and engaging. Both complex, yet accessible to a wide audience. This key work on trauma will provide listeners with a comprehensive understanding of the wide-ranging effects of trauma on the body and mind. More importantly it offers real hope in varied and innovative solutions to working through and resolving the scars of trauma. For those with a trauma history the content can be triggering in places and self-care and patience are essential to work through it at a safe pace. However, the level of understanding and sense of hope gained will be well worth the challenge. This should frankly be required reading/listening for anyone working in fields such as social work, health care and education.

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Absolutely brilliant!

This book was / is amazing! Highly recommend. Enlightening, inspirational, educational... a must have book.

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Essential reading for anyone working in health and social care and education

I wish the psychiatrists, therapists and nurses that I have been treated by over the last 15 years had read this book and were trauma informed. I felt like I was finally understanding and joining the dots in relation to my own difficulties. I hope that with the knowledge of why I feel, think and act in these ways I am now able to start finding ways to resolve the trauma and start feeling connected and safe I. The world. There’s a thorough review of the biology of trauma responses as well as discussion of the impact of post-traumatic stress on the individual and society followed by the ways in which people can heal and leave their trauma in their past. An interesting and well researched book by a pioneer and leading professional in trauma therapy and research. Highly recommend

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A must read

Brilliant book. Fascinating, interesting, thought provoking. Reorientates your views on trauma. Just a must read.

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Want to better understand people around you? Read!

Reccomended reading for anyone who works with other people, necessary on the dynamics and body languages of others in different situations. A reccomended read/ listen for all lesders and managers of people.

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  • 07-09-20

Must read for health practioners.

Understanding that pain and suffering can be explained and treated from a traumatic point of view is really helpful and insightful. This text opened my eyes to new ways to approach psychological pain in my own healing process as well as in my therapeutic process.

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  • Laura Ramírez
  • 13-03-21

It was not an easy read

I heard about this book a few times and thought I should read it. I didn't know how much I needed it to understand me and my family better. The last chapter was the most meaningful to me. Worth the 11 hours or so.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-03-21

Very eye opening

Definately must read. For everyone, with traumas or not. Makes you wander how is it possible that in out science oriented society, we already know so many things about the human organism, and yet fail to teach this basic "what it takes to be human" manual to everyone on the planet

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  • Rebeca
  • 26-02-21

Un libro excelente para entendernos

me encantó el contenido. No solo pude entender como el cuerpo sigue manteniendo esta memoria de los traumas, si no que los convierte en síntomas.

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  • Gayle Thompson
  • 17-02-21

Fascinating

This is THE best book I’ve listened to ever and it gives me so much hope. I can’t believe this isn’t common knowledge. It empowers the listeners and guides them to take control and manage their feelings and lives.

It helps you understand that we are all struggling.

Groundbreaking information, a must read

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  • Wadzanai V Katsande
  • 06-02-21

The Body Keeps the Score

An amazingly holistic approach to treating trauma. I could not stop listening to this book. Absolute must read for every person on this planet.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-01-21

Lifesaving Listen

This really helped me to better understand and deal with my personal trauma. I can recommend this book to anyone who has been through many doctors and mental health specialists, but is still suffering, not knowing where to turn and what is going on in their body and mind. I also think this could help if mental health care is inaccessible to you and you want to help yourself. This book has given me direction in my healing journey and has helped me get away from feeling like healing is not possible for me and that there is just something "wrong with me'". I am so grateful for the series of events that led to me listening to this book.

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  • Matrice Naxon
  • 13-11-20

Great book with hope for trauma victims

This book has stirred me deeply touched me immensely and challenged me greatly.
The touching stories of people and their way to recovery through consistent safe and caring relationships and cause oriented treatment through therapy makes it possible for patients to reaccess their trapped memories and learned helplessness in dealing with trauma.
I will write a more thorough article about this on my own blog for sure and probably listen to it a second time or actually read it.
The narrator has a calm and compassionate voice which gies very whell with the authors personalized storytelling and presentation.
Really recommended.

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  • R. Al Asfour
  • 29-10-20

Life changer

The book covers trauma from various angles. Coming from a science background it was eye opening to see the physical effects of trauma on the body.
After finishing this book, many things fell into place in my life.. my past and present.
I enjoyed every hour of it.
To the author: I can not thank you enough. My life will not be the same after finding my scores.

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  • milene
  • 15-04-20

amazing

this book is life changing, everyone should read it, having been through trauma or not