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.


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]


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]


  1. ^ a b c "The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.: 9780143127741 | Books". 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.