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The Body Keeps the Score


The Body Keeps the Score: Understanding Trauma and Its Impact


"The Body Keeps the Score" delves into the multifaceted nature of trauma, revealing its extensive impact on individuals and society. The book uncovers the profound and diverse effects of trauma, extending well beyond war and violence.

The Pervasiveness of Trauma

Statistics and Broader Impact

  • Prevalence: One in five Americans has been sexually molested as a child, one in four has been beaten by a parent, and one in three couples engages in physical violence.
  • Psychological and Biological Impact: Trauma leaves indelible marks on minds, emotions, joy, intimacy, biology, and immune systems.

Author's Journey and Insights

Discovery and Understanding

  • Initial Attraction to Medicine: The author was initially drawn to the complexities of the human body and later discovered the intricacies of the human mind.
  • Evolution of Related Sciences: Fields like neuroscience, developmental psychopathology, and interpersonal neurobiology have significantly advanced our understanding of trauma.

Case Studies: The Effects of Trauma

Vietnam War Veteran: Tom's Story

  • Emotional Numbness: Tom’s inability to connect emotionally with his family.
  • Nightmares and Flashbacks: Haunting reminders of the traumatic experiences.
  • Trust and Shame: The difficulty in trusting oneself and others, and the intense shame accompanying actions taken during traumatic episodes.

Conclusion: An Invitation to Address Trauma

"The Body Keeps the Score" is both a guide and an invitation to acknowledge, address, and commit to preventing and effectively treating trauma. It's a testament to the human spirit's resilience and the potential for recovery.