The Body Keeps the Score

  • by Bessel Van der Kolk, MD
  • Narrated by Sean Pratt
  • 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A pioneering researcher and one of the world’s foremost experts on traumatic stress offers a bold new paradigm for healing Trauma is a fact of life. Veterans and their families deal with the painful aftermath of combat; one in five Americans has been molested; one in four grew up with alcoholics; one in three couples have engaged in physical violence. Such experiences inevitably leave traces on minds, emotions, and even on biology. Sadly, trauma sufferers frequently pass on their stress to their partners and children. Renowned trauma expert Bessel van der Kolk has spent over three decades working with survivors. In The Body Keeps the Score, he transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain’s wiring - specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust. He shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including neuro feedback, mindfulness techniques, play, yoga, and other therapies. Based on Dr. van der Kolk’s own research and that of other leading specialists, The Body Keeps the Score offers proven alternatives to drugs and talk therapy - and a way to reclaim lives.

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Couldn't stop listening

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I was listening to this on what was supposed to be a short walk, and got so drawn into it that my walk turned into a hike of several hours. I learned so many new things, and it wasn't hard to follow. The moment I finished I ordered the printed version.


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Body Keeps the Score?

I enjoyed the history of trauma diagnosis and therapy, and the story of the couple who was in a severe car accident, and how their brains processed the experience differently.

There was also really interesting research about the effectiveness of trauma therapies, and something about trauma therapy after 9/11.


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- Giraffebutterfly

Destined to be a classic

A very comprehensive book exploring PTSD and the effects upon the brain. The author explains the latest technology and methods available to reserve the effects. Very well done, an excellent read.
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- Aceaussie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-09-2014
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC