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The Body Keeps the Score

Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma
Written by: Bessel van der Kolk
Narrated by: Sean Pratt
Length: 16 hrs and 16 mins
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Brought to you by Penguin.   

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? Here, 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.

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

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  • milene
  • 15-04-20

amazing

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

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  • Tracy Mehoke
  • 31-01-20

Excellent description of psychology of resume and ptsd in context

Aside from the well-researched and fascinating information about psychological and physiological effects of trauma + successful therapies, the book also addresses some of the historical and “political” context of the struggle to see and recognize and properly diagnose/treat patients. Really well-done.

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  • Leo Hill-North
  • 19-02-20

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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  • Simon
  • 13-11-19

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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  • Christiana
  • 07-02-20

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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  • EDC
  • 07-11-19

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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  • Sam
  • 25-04-20

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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  • Cassie J
  • 27-02-20

A must read

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

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  • Hanna
  • 26-01-20

Absolutely brilliant!

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

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  • Ethel Tambudzai
  • 15-01-20

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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  • Roxanne
  • 10-01-20

This book has expanded my view of psychology and psychiatry and created a hunger for a wider perspective!

Great narration and an amazing book with healthy and respectful exploration of many different therapy approaches.

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  • Karen
  • 16-12-19

comprehensive analysis of trauma

a comprehensive and hopeful account of how trauma affects mind and lives of those who have experienced it. a wide range of therapies are discussed. lots to ponder and put into practice

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  • Lauren
  • 30-10-19

outstanding

Ive been waiting for this book to be released and I'm so glad Ive listened. highly recommended!!!!

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  • Starbuck
  • 09-11-19

Well worth the credit

I listened to this book after listening to "The boy who was raised in a dog cage", which by the way is another amazing book!
This book is so informative and insightful. I have learnt more from this book regarding the effect of trauma and the mind/body than I have throughout my 35 year career in emergency nursing. I recommend it !
I found the narration a little slow at first but soon realised that this was a good thing as there is so much information to digest. The slightly slow narration allows some extra time to digest the meaning.

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  • Anna Schulz
  • 22-11-19

Resonance with Life

Absolutely loved this book, kept me engaged. has amazing insight, real life examples and stories. Insight and research. Thankyou Dr van der Kolk

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-11-19

Seminal work, well read

A long time coming to audiobooks. A great launching pad for those who want a broad understanding of the impact of traumatic experiences on body, brain and mind and the scope of treatments beyond what has been disconcertingly ineffectual.

Sean Pratt is a terrific narrator. So many readers of more clinical / educational texts sound either disconcertingly robotic or breathlessly earnest, whereas he nails the emotional tone throughout, like it was being read by Bessel (but without the accent).

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-02-20

Changed my life

As a psychology student & a human with a great interest in trauma, this book has changed my life, my focus of learning.

Beautifully written for anyone to understand, this book will give you a new perspective on how we label children & their behaviours.

An absolute must read for anyone with a history of or interest in trauma.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-05-20

in depth look into the brain on trauma <br />

an amazingly in-depth look into the brain on trauma.
for someone with CPTSD this was eye opening and encouraging.

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  • Toecutter
  • 29-04-20

A must listen.

Such an amazing book! Taught me so much and very clear and understandable. 10/10

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  • Arlyn Owens
  • 15-04-20

Brilliant & Important

An amazing book, and the first you should read if you want to explore trauma.
It’s accessible, thorough & provides much professional food for thought & personal self-reflection

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-04-20

Fantastic book on a challenging topic

Fantastic book, some very challenging and confronting stories told in a matter of fact way that helps the reader develop a deeper understanding of trauma and the steps that can be taken towards over coming it

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  • Janine V.V. Pirjevec
  • 21-02-20

Brilliant!!

I found this book well worth it, easy listening and rich in content, applicable to most people, a must read!