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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?

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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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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outstanding

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

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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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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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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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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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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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The body keeps the score

Brilliant! interesting and relevant, I now see people with trauma wounds a little differently. highly recommended to anyone interested in how emotions can affect a person years later.

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Understand trauma and how it affects a body

Great book. Helped me gain a deeper understanding of my own trauma, how it affected my behaviour, thought patterns and so on. It can be triggering, as there are a lot of descriptions of the trauma, but examples of other people dealing with similar issues make you feel less alone and tools discussed to treat trauma give you hope for a better future.

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A Book our Society Needs

It's of utmost importance that we become more trauma educated. This book will breed compassion in your heart.

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  • R. Al Asfour
  • 29-10-2020

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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  • PM Ruiz A
  • 07-09-2020

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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  • milene
  • 15-04-2020

amazing

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

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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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  • 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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  • Deborah
  • 11-07-2020

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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-06-2020

Just buy it you cunts

Life changing and I’m not even exaggerating On a more serious note, As a trauma survivor this explains so much of the shit you put yourself through. Granted, there is no silver bullet, but with awareness and a mapping of your internal landscape you can begin to take responsibility and get your life back

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  • Sam
  • 25-04-2020

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
  • 27-02-2020

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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