The Body Keeps the Score

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The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma is a 2014 book by Bessel van der Kolk about the effects of psychological trauma, also known as traumatic stress.[1][2] The book describes van der Kolk's research and experiences, on how individuals are affected by traumatic stress, and its effects on the mind and body.

Synopsis[edit]

In The Body Keeps the Score, van Der Kolk focuses on survivors of psychological trauma, giving an account of how trauma has affected them.[1] He also discusses some possible routes to healing (including eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, yoga, and limbic system therapy).[3] The book has five parts: Rediscovery of Trauma, This is Your Brain on Trauma, The Minds of Children, The Imprint of Trauma and Paths to Recovery.[1]

Reception[edit]

In a review for the New Scientist magazine, Shaoni Bhattacharya said: "Packed with science and human stories, the book is an intense read that can get technical. Stay with it, though: van der Kolk has a lot to say, and the struggle and resilience of his patients is very moving."[2]

The book was ranked second in the science category of The New York Times Best Seller list in 2019.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.: 9780143127741 | PenguinRandomHouse.com: Books". PenguinRandomhouse.com. Retrieved 2020-06-20.
  2. ^ a b Bhattacharya, Shaoni (2014-11-05). "The lifelong cost of burying our traumatic experiences". New Scientist. Retrieved 2019-12-13.
  3. ^ Interlandi, Jeneen (2014-05-22). "A Revolutionary Approach to Treating PTSD". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-12-12.
  4. ^ "Science Books - Best Sellers - The New York Times". The New York Times. September 2019. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-12-12.