The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
- Publish Date: 2015-09-08
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Bessel van der Kolk M.D.
â¢Â A New York Times Science BestsellerÂ â¢
âPacked with science and human stories, the book is an intense read. . . . The struggle and resilience of [van der Kolkâs] patients is very moving.âÂ âNew Scientist
A pioneering researcher transforms our understanding of trauma and 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. Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, one of the worldâs foremost experts on trauma, has spent over three decades working with survivors. InÂ The Body Keeps the Score, he uses recent scientific advances to show how trauma literally reshapes both body and brain, compromising sufferersâ capacities for pleasure, engagement, self-control, and trust. He explores innovative treatmentsâfrom neurofeedback and meditation to sports, drama, and yogaâthat offer new paths to recovery by activating the brainâs natural neuroplasticity. Based on Dr. van der Kolkâs own research and that of other leading specialists,Â The Body Keeps the ScoreÂ exposes the tremendous power of our relationships both to hurt and to healâand offers new hope for reclaiming lives.