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The Body Keeps the Score

Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma
Narrated by: Sean Pratt
Length: 16 hrs and 16 mins
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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? 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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Ive been waiting for this book to be released and I'm so glad Ive listened. highly recommended!!!!

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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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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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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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Brilliant!!

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

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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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Incredible! Confronting! Mind & Eye Opening.

I listened to this book twice! What an incredible collaboration of studies and delivered so well. Thank you to the author and all those specialists who provided input.

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  • Tracy Mehoke
  • 31-01-2020

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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  • EDC
  • 07-11-2019

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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  • Simon
  • 13-11-2019

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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  • Leo Hill-North
  • 19-02-2020

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
  • 07-02-2020

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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  • Cassie J
  • 27-02-2020

A must read

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

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  • Hanna
  • 26-01-2020

Absolutely brilliant!

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

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  • Ethel Tambudzai
  • 15-01-2020

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
  • 10-01-2020

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
  • 16-12-2019

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-03-2020

Wasn't what I expected

I found it curious but it was much more of a personal account of life within mental health industry than anything else. I was looking for something more insightful for myself