Unpacking Trauma, A Review Of ‘The Body Keeps The Score

Book Of The Week – A Beacon Of Hope, Resilience And Recovery In ‘The Body Keeps The Score

Title: The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

Author: Bessel van der Kolk, M.D

Place: USA

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group 

Date of publication: 2014


In “The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma,” Dr. Bessel van der Kolk takes readers on an insightful journey through the complex and profound world of trauma and its impact on the human psyche. Drawing from decades of research and clinical experience, Dr. van der Kolk explores how traumatic experiences, whether from childhood abuse, combat, or other sources, can fundamentally reshape the brain, mind, and body. He delves into the intricate ways in which trauma can manifest and how it influences not only emotional health but physical well-being as well.

The book provides a comprehensive understanding of trauma’s effects on the brain, delving into the neurological and physiological mechanisms at play. Dr. van der Kolk explains how the body stores trauma and the ways it can lead to various mental health conditions, such as PTSD, depression, and anxiety. Offering hope and practical solutions, he outlines an array of therapeutic approaches, from innovative techniques like EMDR and neurofeedback to more traditional methods like talk therapy and yoga. “The Body Keeps the Score” is not only a scholarly work but also a guide for those struggling with trauma and the professionals who aim to help them reclaim their lives.


“The Body Keeps the Score” is a groundbreaking work that shines a compassionate and scientifically rigorous light on the often-misunderstood world of trauma. Dr. Bessel van der Kolk’s masterful writing effortlessly navigates complex topics and presents them in a manner accessible to both professionals and the general reader. He skillfully combines case studies, research findings, and personal anecdotes, making the subject matter not only informative but deeply human and relatable.

One of the book’s most compelling aspects is the author’s emphasis on the mind-body connection and the importance of incorporating this perspective into trauma treatment. Dr. van der Kolk argues that the traditional approach of addressing trauma through talk therapy alone is often insufficient. He explores a range of innovative therapeutic modalities that focus on the body, emphasizing the importance of yoga, meditation, and other holistic practices in the healing process.

“The Body Keeps the Score” also underscores the significance of resilience and the possibility of post-traumatic growth, giving survivors of trauma a renewed sense of hope and agency. While it doesn’t shy away from the challenges that trauma recovery presents, it offers a beacon of light for those seeking healing and recovery.

Author’s Profile

Dr. Bessel van der Kolk is a renowned psychiatrist, researcher, and clinician in the field of trauma and post-traumatic stress. In addition to “The Body Keeps the Score,” he has authored several other influential works, including “Traumatic Stress: The Effects of Overwhelming Experience on Mind, Body, and Society” and “The Body Keeps the Score Workbook: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma.” His extensive contributions to the field have earned him international recognition, and he remains a leading authority in trauma research and treatment.

The book is found in your nearest bookshops today and on online books sites.


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