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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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Emotional impact of past trauma

Though the traumatic experience which one had undergone may pertain to childhood, it may manifest during youth with deleterious effect. Various ailments which suddenly appaer may be result of past traumatic experience. Treating ailments with just external symptoms may result in recrudence. The author shares that ailments also needs to be investigated from past traumatic angle as well.. The author also suggests number of treatments such as Yoga, Tai-Chi. The author discourages use of drugs to cure trauma .Overall a good read. The reader can also try similar books such as Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman, The Marshmallow Test by Walter Mischel. How we care kids in their childhood matters a lot in shaping their psyche ,confidence level and disease free life.. The book mostly deals with traumatic experience of female child and its impact during whole life.

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Must read for all who have survived trauma

A good read. If you have physical ailments with no explainable reasons, might help you think of why the body is behaving the way it is.
And if you are a trauma survivor, then this does help explain a lot of things.
Definitely recommended!

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must read

whether you've been through trauma or not, it's a must read. adverse childhood experience is a major and threatening public health and economic issue which is being ignored

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  • PM Ruiz A
  • 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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  • 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

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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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  • Deborah
  • 11-07-20

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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • R C JONES
  • 05-06-20

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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  • Hanna
  • 26-01-20

Absolutely brilliant!

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

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Pete
  • 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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-11-20

This book will change your life

What a fantastic book! Bessel explains the way the human brain works and how trauma defines us throughout our life. It’s changed my life; not only on how I perceive those around me, myself but as an OT practitioner and Yoga Teacher how I want to work with people. It’s opened doors to how I want to contribute to society through my work but also imbues a loving kindness to all people you come across because it’s very likely that every room is a trauma room, and everyone has been through some kind of experience that has shaped how they respond to day to day occurrences. Highly recommend!

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  • Desi
  • 29-08-20

Incredible work

This book, together with 'Trauma and Memory' by Levine, were instrumental in teaching me how important it is to be connected with and paying attention to my body and what it can tell me, which is a big leap for someone who has been living above the neck for 30+ years.

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  • andrew clift
  • 05-09-20

possibly life changing

this is possibly the most important book i have listened to on audible, fantasticly delivered crucial information for anyone diagnosed with ptsd or interacting with those who have suffered trauma

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-08-20

This book changed my life and my clinical practise

A must read for all therapists and those interested in trauma and how to appropriately understand and deal with it. the body keeps the score encourages us to tackle the biggest public health issue in the world - trauma. something that Bessl Van der Kolk has spent his life trying to understanding and make meaning of. Please read or listen, you will be equipped to deal with both other peoples and possibly your own trauma with a greater insight. 11/10.

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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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  • Mimi
  • 22-02-21

Phenomenal

Fantastic book, I am so thankful I found it on Audible. Would read over and over.