"A WEIRD GIFT. IT MAY GO OVER NOT WELL. KNOW THE PERSON YOU GIVE THIS BOOK TO. I gave it to my mother, who thought it was one of the most meaningful gifts she has ever received. I also have what I can only describe as a particular kind of relationship with my mother. Whether or not she has read the book is anyone's guess, but it sure does the trick for those who need a little bit of "You are doing just fine <3". The body is a curious place to exist, and it often remembers far more than we do. I'll let you chew on that for a second. (Thiccq pause) Okay. This is a title that I think every human should read, along with bell hooks' All About Love. That is a much less spicy gift suggestion, but pungent either way. Look at that! A twofer!" --Matthew
#1 New York Times bestseller
Essential reading for anyone interested in understanding and treating traumatic stress and the scope of its impact on society. --Alexander McFarlane, Director of the Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies
A pioneering researcher transforms our understanding of trauma and offers a bold new paradigm for healing in this New York Times bestseller
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. Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, one of the world's foremost experts on trauma, has spent over three decades working with survivors. In The Body Keeps the Score
, he uses recent scientific advances to show how trauma literally reshapes both body and brain, compromising sufferers' capacities for pleasure, engagement, self-control, and trust. He explores innovative treatments--from neurofeedback and meditation to sports, drama, and yoga--that offer new paths to recovery by activating the brain's natural neuroplasticity. Based on Dr. van der Kolk's own research and that of other leading specialists, The Body Keeps the Score
exposes the tremendous power of our relationships both to hurt and to heal--and offers new hope for reclaiming lives.