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Publisher's Summary

A renowned psychiatrist reveals how trauma affects children - and outlines the path to recovery.

"Fascinating and upbeat.... Dr. Perry is both a world-class creative scientist and a compassionate therapist." (Mary Pipher, PhD, author of Reviving Ophelia)

How does trauma affect a child's mind - and how can that mind recover? In the classic The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, Dr. Perry explains what happens to the brains of children exposed to extreme stress and shares their lessons of courage, humanity, and hope. Only when we understand the science of the mind and the power of love and nurturing can we hope to heal the spirit of even the most wounded child.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2006, 2017 Bruce Perry and Maia Szalavitz (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Filled with compassionate, caring stories by a wise healer and scientist, this book will appeal to all who are interested in understanding how children heal." (Lynn Ponton, MD, author of The Romance of Risk)

"In this harrowing but profoundly humane book, Perry and Szalavitz provide an all too timely, utterly engrossing account of traumatized children's lives.... Once I opened it, I could not put it down." (Sarah Blaffer Hrdy, author of Mother Nature: Maternal Instincts and How They Shape the Human Species)

"In beautifully written, fascinating accounts of experience working with emotionally stunted and traumatized children, child psychiatrist Perry educates readers about how early-life stress and violence affects the developing brain. He offers simple yet vivid illustrations of the stress response and the brain's mechanisms with facts and images that crystallize in the mind without being too detailed and confusing." (Publishers Weekly)

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An eye opener into the world of trauma.

Loved every minute of it. This was my first ever audiobook and I thought it would be strange to listen to a book being read out. Strangely, it was a wholesome experience. The voice was soothing, the words were kind and sensitive, the pace of the book was engaging. Very educative. Finished the book with the need to educate myself more about trauma-informed care.
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  • C. Turner
  • 07-06-19

Nice to see some good come to those abused/neglect

I enjoyed this book as a graduate student in clinical mental health. I like to use the same approach and it's nice to see that others do too and found good results. It also reminded me that with trauma victims it's best to allow them a choice in their recovery.
I do warn those with past abuse that this book contains some triggers and to be cognizant of them when reading this book as it contains some details on sexual abuse/assault and neglect. The descriptions are necessary in order to understand the treatment process.

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  • Robin Schrader
  • 22-12-18

Helped me with my most difficult students.

This book IS the answer to what the students with the hardest behaviors need. This and Help for Billy

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  • cindy w.
  • 29-09-19

Every school counselor should read

This book was amazing. As a school counselor, we are seeing more and more children come into the school system with trauma and we are trying to teach them the academics required in schools but can't move past the behaviors they are displaying. Teachers are not equipped to help them with the trauma and are only being pushed by the administration to have these students show progress in their testing scores. I know that our school system will be looking into trauma-informed training, and I for one can not wait for that day. I am going to approach the administration to look at the NME and hope they consider this approach to help us help our students.

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  • S. Rio
  • 01-10-20

Required reading for ALL in Family Services & Child Education

Dr. Perry’s model for understanding and healing trauma in children NEEDS to be implemented world wide! As a parent of children that were adopted through the Foster Care System. This book has been eye opening on so many levels! It’s has explained so much about their trauma. As well as the whys and reasons they behave and react they way they do. Needless to say I was parenting them like they were non-traumatized children, which made some things worse. Just as Dr. Perry said! I have stopped immediately and have seen a big change in their behavior. I have been recommending this book to any and all therapist I know. Thank you Dr. Perry!

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  • jdun93
  • 23-09-20

excellent and informative

I am a psychotherapist working with children in the foster system and found this book to be very helpful in my work. I have also worked with adults and find that much of this can be applied to work with them, as well. I highly recommend this book to anyone working with children or adolescents in any capacity, either providing therapy, medical services, teaching, tutoring, or any other role. I also highly recommend this book for all psychotherapists regardless of the population you work with.

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  • Megan E
  • 27-07-20

Fantastic resource

This should be required reading for anyone who works with children, especially those from hard places such as foster parents, CPS workers and teachers.

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  • Sarah
  • 14-08-20

A good introduction to trauma theory

I found this book a bit painful to read, and I wondered at the necessity of sharing so intensely the stories of child abuse. It felt a tad voyeuristic. I feel like we can understand trauma theory without needing to delve into children's private pasts. While their identities are HIPPA compliant and not disclosed, it still just doesn't feel respectful how much explicit detail the author goes into. It also feels like Dr. Perry doesn't acknowledge the work clients do in their own healing and takes a lot of credit for their progress/feels a bit like white saviorism. We never hear the stories of when Dr. Perry makes mistakes with his clients; just the stories where he is the only one in the room who can help the child. I'd also like to see it be more strengths-based; it felt focused on deficits and adversity each child has survived.

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  • Crystal Dutton
  • 09-07-19

The book was not what I thought I was going to be

The book was a bit drawn out. It did not catch my attention at all. I am big into mental health and learning about it especially in children so I thought that’s what intrigue me a little. Narrator is good and have some good points it’s just not what I thought it was going to be. Hello disappointed I use my credit I’m at the café

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  • Keshia
  • 01-12-18

follow up

Great study, lots of insight and a good resource. I will be sharing as well .
persuing training.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 07-10-20

Amazing book

I was truly impressed by the book and how it described non obvious but important things can be missed in children development. It’s helpful even with adults to understand what’s behind their actions. Strongly recommend this book!

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  • EDorey
  • 14-01-19

Amazing

This is an amazing book. Anyone who works with children must read this book wow!

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  • Filiz
  • 16-03-19

just wow

get ready to be blown away with this incredible book with very clear information about human physiology

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  • Claire Williams
  • 04-06-19

Fascinating, powerful and moving

With doctors like him the traumatised children of the world have so much more hope.
The stories of trauma or neglect are truly dreadful and you'd be inhumane not to be appalled and upset by the light of the children. However the way that Dr Perry explains how the trauma/neglect that each child suffers then shapes the brain and how it can later be remedied is fascinating.
Highly recommended read for those interested in this area.

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  • BARRY SILVERSTEIN
  • 01-05-19

A real eye opener.

I have no background in psychology but the series of cases and narrative drive home the intended message of how important early years are in forming the personality traits of all of us. Also, the dedication and focus that some brilliant people have to make life better for others that need it most.

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  • roro
  • 15-03-21

great book for all to read

I think everyone especially parents need to read this book, very rich with information, and ways to avoid missing up your kids while growing up

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  • Eugene Halliday fan
  • 11-03-21

A must read for all. .

Strong and compassionate. I am impatient for the book Born For Love to become available in audio format.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-01-21

Excellent, informative listen.

This book is very well narrated, easy to listen to and keeps your interest from start to finish.
What I liked most was the message that children and families can be helped to recognise problems and where they come from, and ways in which to help overcome some of the difficulties.
I would recommend to anyone living, working with, or in professional teams around children.

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  • Andy
  • 24-01-21

Life changing

I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It answers questions you don’t even know to ask and helps explain so much. I am taking everyone I know about it.

We are currently in the covid pandemic and we are practically being forced to say we are stressed and have counselling. I have joked that while it is okay to not be okay currently it seems it’s not okay to be okay. My gut feeling was that this is not a good thing and although only a tiny part of this book it has been helpful to hear that unneeded counselling can do harm.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-01-21

Brilliant Read

Brilliant read, very interesting for a teacher. I also like the performance and thought it was easy to listen to!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-01-21

now I understand ......

Brilliant explanations of developmental neurobiology which are easy to understand and apply to the case studies described.

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  • Melanie Maher
  • 19-06-20

Don't let the title put you off! Read this book

Three people recommended this book to me -- a foster care trainer, my psychologist, and a client of mine.
At first, I avoided the book, 'The Boy Who Was Raised As a Dog' concerned it may be more upsetting than valuable.

I'm so glad I read it.

This book changed the way I understand children I look after.
This book changed how I can respond to their needs.
This book changed the way I understand myself.
This book changed my level of compassion for people.
This book changed how I advocate, spend, time, vote, think, communicate....

Please read this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-05-20

One of the best books I have ever listened to

Having read and or listened to many popular psychology books, this one would have to be one of the best. It is very well written a clear and readily understandable way but also does not compromise on the quality of content. The author seamlessly uses real examples to demonstrate concepts and theory that is progressively developed through the chapters. An excellent book that I’m sure to listen to again and will recommend to others.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-08-19

Revolutionary in the field

One of the first examples of trauma-informed and attachment-based care and therapy when it first came out. The author does not flinch away from his past mistakes while he was a new therapist and this let's us learn from his mistakes so we don't make the same. So many professionals I know from work (as a relationship therapist, mental health caseworker, child protection consultant, etc) don't know and don't follow these foundational principles.
This is a must for professionals in the field of therapy and child protection. I think it should be a mandatory reading in university degrees.

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  • natalie_thring@hotmail.com
  • 21-06-19

Well balanced book of case studies and theory

A well written book on child trauma and therapeutic models of healing.

I am interested in child Psychology with a view to studying it at University. After listening to this book, I am convinced that I want to work with children that have had a traumatic childhood or one of neglect.

I myself was exposed to trauma from a young age and the book also helped me to understand why I react or behave in certain ways based on this trauma.

It is a great balance of case studies and theory that is easy to understand if you are not a health professional.

Really worth a listen.

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  • Bunny O’Connor
  • 24-04-21

Great and well read

Best book on trauma and it’s results........ particularly children but applicable for anyone as most trauma happens when little... interesting although challenging preconceived ideas at times.

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  • Matthew Sheaff
  • 11-04-21

Excellent audio book.

Loved it. I found the audio book great and easier to focus on the difficult concepts it taught. In comparison to trying to read it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-03-21

AMAZING

could not stop listening to this book, it was so helpful to my work with children and families. I hope bruce narrates his other books as he has a great voice for audio books, his very engaging.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-03-21

Incredible

So insightful. As a teacher this information is invaluable and will impact on my classroom practice moving forward.

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  • Adin
  • 11-01-21

Great book

I thoroughly enjoyed Dr Perry's weaving of neuroscience with Social Learning theory and developmental theories through the exploration of his case studies. It is a real shame that Born to Love, his next book is not available on Audible Australia.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-10-20

brilliant

fantastic read which gives alternatives in the classroom. A book that needs to be read a number of times