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The Body Keeps the Score

- Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
 Author: Bessel van der Kolk  Buy Now

In The Body Keeps the Score, by Bessel van der Kolk M.D. 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.

About Bessel van der Kolk

Bessel van der Kolk (born 1943) is a Boston based psychiatrist noted for his research in the area of post-traumatic stress since the 1970s.

His work focuses on the interaction of attachment, neurobiology, and developmental aspects of trauma’s effects on people.

His major publication, the New York Times bestseller, ‘The Body keeps the Score’, talks about how the role of trauma in psychiatric illness has changed over the past 20 years; what we have learned about the ways the brain is shaped by traumatic experiences; how traumatic stress is a response of the entire organism and how that knowledge needs be integrated into healing practices.

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Bessel van der Kolk

Bessel van der Kolk MD has spent his professional life studying how children and adults adapt to traumatic experiences. He translates emerging findings from neuroscience and attachment research to develop and study a range of effective treatments for traumatic stress...

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