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In this groundbreaking audiobook, a leading clinical psychiatrist redefines how we think about and treat victims of trauma. A "stunning achievement" that remains a "classic for our generation" (Bessel van der Kolk, MD, author of The Body Keeps the Score).

Trauma and Recovery is revered as the seminal text on understanding trauma survivors. By placing individual experience in a broader political frame, Harvard psychiatrist Judith Herman argues that psychological trauma is inseparable from its social and political context. Drawing on her own research on incest, as well as a vast literature on combat veterans and victims of political terror, she shows surprising parallels between private horrors like child abuse and public horrors like war. 

Hailed by the New York Times as "one of the most important psychiatry works to be published since Freud", Trauma and Recovery is essential listening for anyone who seeks to understand how we heal and are healed.

©2015 Judith L. Herman (P)2019 Basic Books

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Well worth the listen

If you work in trauma or just want to learn more, I highly recommend this book. Well written and the audio is easy enough to listen to.

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interesting aspects

heavy going at times , clinical jargon somewhat exclusive to the novice, some statistics are out of date.over all useful information.

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  • 14-10-2020

An important book

I appreciated the chapter Captivity. It was part of assigned reading in my grad program, but now being able to listen to the book in its entirety, I learned more about the recent history of the PTSD diagnosis and development of successful interventions to help people heal from traumatic experiences and complex trauma.

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  • Christy Hunt
  • 22-06-2020

a must read for counselors

This book along with The Body Keeps The Score are necessary resources for those who work in helping and healing professions. Trauma is pervasive and this book thoroughly covers it all.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-04-2020

Recommended for Social Workers and Psychologist

I loved this book. I high recommend anyone who wants to work as a therapist. Also, this book is great for someone who wants to work with people who have experienced childhood trauma, veterans with PTSD, individuals who have lived through sexual assault or domestic violence. I high recommend this book for social work and psychology students either at the bachelor or masters level. It might benefit the students at a higher level of education more than at a lower level of education. A people could reread this book as it is educational, interesting, and inspiring.

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