The Body Keeps the Score: Brain Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma

2014, Penguin Books, Highschool-Adult, Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D.

Trauma is a fact of life. One does not have to be a combat soldier, or visit a refugee camp in Syria or the Congo to encounter trauma. Trauma happens to us, our friends, our families and our neighbors. In this book, one of the world’s foremost experts on trauma, Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk, uses recent scientific advances to show how trauma literally reshapes both body and brain, compromising sufferers’ capacities for pleasure, engagement, self-control, and trust. He explores innovative treatments—from neurofeedback and meditation to sports, drama, and yoga—that offer new paths to recovery by activating the brain’s natural neuroplasticity. This book exposes the tremendous power of our relationships both to hurt and to heal—and offers new hope for reclaiming lives.

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