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The Body Keeps the Score

Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk, MD | Key Takeaways, Analysis & Review
By: Instaread
Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
Length: 21 mins
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Summary

Bessel van der Kolk, MD, explores the ways in which trauma rewires the brain and changes the way people experience the world. Trauma affects the mind and body immensely and prevents those affected from living in the present. Van der Kolk, who has researched trauma since the 1970s, first became interested in trauma after meeting with Vietnam veterans who had a very hard time living their lives after returning from the war.

PLEASE NOTE: This is key takeaways of the book and NOT the original book.

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A very basic summary which can easily be obtained for free on the internet

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Very disappointed I thought this was the actual book and it’s just an quick overview

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Disappointed wanted the whole book not an overview! This wasn’t clear. I have the book and know the overview already so complete waist of time and money

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-08-18

Very disappointed. I thought this was the book!!

I didnt expect to buy this and receive just 20minutes of review... I thought there are only complete books on audible!!!

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  • Benjamin Davidson
  • 04-08-16

Very useful review - book is much better

This review is better structured and more clear than others. It is still no substitute for the book. As it and other reviews have noted it is written for lay readers and perhaps targeting those who have experienced or know someone who has experienced trauma. This is a significant percentage of our society. The point that the reviews seem to miss is that if a person has experienced or been exposed to those with trauma, the tools in part three of the book are most useful in providing options for treatment, useful therapy, and a sense of hope that one can move past trauma and properly integrate memories and traumatic experience in a way that allows a peaceful and functional life that can be filled with intimacy and joy in family and friends. Helping people process trauma and live productive lives brings great value to individuals and societies. The book original book is written in a manner that is therapeutic and a way that can provide hope and a way to move from trauma to the light. The review, though useful as a starting, is more like looking at the reflection of the moon in the pond when you can see its full beauty by looking into the sky. Please read the original, it is well worth the time invested. However, I have found that in sharing it with friends, some are not able to easily process the material because it causes memories of their own trauma to surface. I recommend reading slowly and using the tools discussed in the text.

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  • FloridaGal335
  • 25-05-18

Short and to the point. the long version might be

the long version might be better. it was a nice abbreviated version to listen to while I walked.

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  • Montana chick
  • 23-07-19

Boring and repetitive format.

I do not typically listen to reviews of books before reading them, but wanted to get a big-picture perspective before diving into the 16 hour full-length version. I cannot think of a way this summary could have been more boring or repetitive. The format read the same things multiple times, and the author's voice was very robotic-sounding. Sorry team, I hate being negative but I can't recommend paying for this one.

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  • Snyde
  • 12-07-19

Too short to be a meaningful summary.

This summary mentioned the treatments for PTSD with broad strokes leaving no actual information with the reader regarding what the author of the book believes would be an effective treatment for PTSD. For example, there is an emphasis on integrative body work, which is covered by simply saying that people should be involved in yoga and drama. Since those are fairly universal concepts for integrating mind and body, it provides no useful understanding of what the author's main points were. Having Read only the summary, I can only imagine that the popularity of this book must be based on more than simply saying that people should do yoga.