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The Body Keeps the Score

Bessel A. van der Kolk

5 mins

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The Body Keeps the Score helps us free ourselves from trauma by revealing the complex psychological processes of recovery and guiding us towards them.


The Body Keeps the Score

The Body Keeps the Score

by Bessel A. van der Kolk


War inevitably engenders trauma. Many veterans and fleeing civilians suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder — or PTSD. But it's not solely those who have survived through war or natural disaster who can suffer from the long-term impacts of trauma; anyone can experience it.

Many of us have encountered trauma in one form or another. It may consciously or unconsciously affect our daily life. But why can managing pain from the past be so difficult? Bessel van der Kolk is a psychiatrist, researcher, and educator whose research centers around trauma responses.

In The Body Keeps the Score, van der Kolk explores the intricacies of trauma responses and dives into the multiple ways in which we can heal. Though many believe their future will forever be marked by their past experiences, there's hope to be found in understanding the inner workings of our brains and debunking basic psychological concepts.

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Once you start approaching your body with curiosity rather than with fear, everything shifts.

- Bessel van der Kolk

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