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Bessel van der Kolk M.D. has been active as a clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of posttraumatic stress and related phenomena since the 1970s. He was co-principal investigator of the DSM IV Field Trials for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. His current research is on how trauma affects vis mere memory processes and brain imaging studies of PTSD. He has written or co-written several books including Psychological Trauma, Traumatic Stress: The Effects of Overwhelming Experience on Mind, Body, and Society, and The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre
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Information value: 7.0 / 10
Content density: 8
Structure (Story): 9 / 10
Prose: 9

Be forewarned: This is not a personal development book. I presumed that the person who recommended it to me did so in that vain, just as my suggestions to her were. However, one of us made a mistake.
Not being the book I was expecting, nor of a genre I would consider reading, I kept waiting for some tips on dealing with trauma. Part of the psycho-therpeudical school of thought is that everyone has trauma. That was why this book was supposed to have universal relevance. However, I don't recall the author ever taking that stance, and all the techniques that were introduced, were done so in a slightly academic manner; not as useful standalone exercises.

Note that I read the book over many periods. The library loan kept expiring as I read this piece of non-fiction alongside my preferred pleasure of literary and genre fiction. As a result, my comments might have some inaccuricies. You probably know to expect that from me anyway.
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MXMLLN | 63 andre anmeldelser | Jan 12, 2024 |
My only major complaint is that the ending section on treatment is far more anecdotally-based than the rest of the book, which lays out a lot of solid research and statistics. The suggestions offered all seem to be variations of "here's things that worked in our practice, maybe try them, it's a pity there aren't any studies out there on them, though," which seems... not like a cop-out, but certainly less rigorous than the preceding building of the argument.
rickiep00h | 63 andre anmeldelser | Dec 5, 2023 |
So much to unpack. Would recommend this to anyone dealing with trauma or knows/loves someone dealing with healing from trauma.
mrsgrits | 63 andre anmeldelser | Nov 28, 2023 |
This is an extraordinary book about our bodies & minds working together. I learned a lot. Why do people sometimes get very depressed? What causes PTSD? What does PTSD really mean - the symptoms, long-term impacts, potential "cures"?
RickGeissal | 63 andre anmeldelser | Aug 16, 2023 |



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