Boris Cyrulnik

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Boris Cyrulnik
Boris Cyrulnik 2014.jpg
Cyrulnik in 2014
Born (1937-07-26) 26 July 1937 (age 77)
Bordeaux, France
Nationality French
Occupation Physician

Boris Cyrulnik (birth 26 July 1937 in Bordeaux) is a French doctor, ethologist, neurologist, and psychiatrist.

Being of Jewish origin, he was entrusted to protection from a foster family. In 1943 he was taken with adults in a nazi-led capture in Bordeaux. He avoided detention by hiding for a while in the restrooms and later being hidden from Nazi searches as a working boy under the false name Jean laborde in a farm until the end of the war. His survival of nazi destruction motivated his career into psychiatry.[1] Both his parents were arrested and murdered during World War II. He studied medicine at the University of Paris. He wrote several books of popular science on psychology. He is known in France for developing and explaining to the public the concept of Psychological resilience.

He is a professor at the University of the South, Toulon-Var. He was awarded the 2008 Prix Renaudot de l'essai.

List of some of his books (in English)[edit]

  • The Dawn of Meaning (Mcgraw-Hill Horizons of Science Series) (1992)
Translation of La Naissance du sens Hachette Littérature (1998) ISBN 978-2-01-278891-6
  • The Whispering of Ghosts: Trauma and Resilience (2005)
Translation of : Le Murmure des fantômes, éd. Odile Jacob, 2003
  • Talking of Love on the Edge of a Precipice (2007)
Translation of : Parler d'amour au bord du gouffre, éd. Odile Jacob, 2004.
  • Resilience: How Your Inner Strength Can Set You Free from the Past Published by Tarcher, 320 pages, ISBN 1-58542-850-7, 2011


  1. ^ Boris Cyrulnik "Je me souviens…, Publisher: L'Esprit du temps, collection. « Textes essentiels », 2009 (Publisher: Odile Jacob - poches, 2010) (ISBN 978-2-7381-2471-5).