The Body Keeps the Score - Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.

The Body Keeps the Score

By Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.

  • Release Date: 2014-09-25
  • Genre: Psychology
Score: 4.5
From 564 Ratings


#1 New York Times bestseller

“Essential reading for anyone interested in understanding and treating traumatic stress and the scope of its impact on society.” —Alexander McFarlane, Director of the Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies

A pioneering researcher transforms our understanding of trauma and offers a bold new paradigm for healing in this New York Times bestseller

Trauma is a fact of life. Veterans and their families deal with the painful aftermath of combat; one in five Americans has been molested; one in four grew up with alcoholics; one in three couples have engaged in physical violence. Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, one of the world’s foremost experts on trauma, has spent over three decades working with survivors. In The Body Keeps the Score, he uses recent scientific advances to show how trauma literally reshapes both body and brain, compromising sufferers’ capacities for pleasure, engagement, self-control, and trust. He explores innovative treatments—from neurofeedback and meditation to sports, drama, and yoga—that offer new paths to recovery by activating the brain’s natural neuroplasticity. Based on Dr. van der Kolk’s own research and that of other leading specialists, The Body Keeps the Score exposes the tremendous power of our relationships both to hurt and to heal—and offers new hope for reclaiming lives.


  • Great content but weird vibes

    By Ig- Billionairepartyy
    Great book but was thrown off with some statements, like a two year old girl flirting…babies don’t flirt and that’s super weird to even think.
  • One of the best books I have ever read

    By Ruthy Lopez
    This is one of the greatest books I have ever read. I loved every chapter and loved how detail it got with healing trauma and abuse. It has helped me healing journey.
  • Body Keeps the Score

    By mysassenach
    Great read. So important to understand the effects of trauma, on the individual and society at large.
  • Actionable and insightful work on alleviating trauma

    By Zitheryl12
    Incredibly insightful look into the human condition and the processes involved in creating, sustaining, and finally liberating one’s self from trauma. If you or anyone you know has experienced trauma (we all know someone whether we KNOW of their abuse or not) this book will help you to understand the behaviors, thought processes, and affects of abused and neglected individuals. It will give you the insight to be more compassionate not only to others but how to extend that compassion to one’s self. A critical component of healing. I cannot recommend this book more.
  • Good info but long winded

    By crappy user interface
    Really good, really long winded could/should be more abbreviated book. Not so much hyperbole, his language is in Kay end terms, just could have been edited for content better.
  • For a better understanding of trauma…

    By Bsaulsbe
    This book is so insightful, so informative…my only regret is not knowing about it sooner in life. A must read for most people!
  • Absolutely incredible and informative

    By •________________•
    I have been through a lot of trauma and I cannot express how much clarity this book has given me. I found myself rereading a lot of pages, sharing them, and interpreting how this fits my life so well. I will be buying the actual book. I’ve talked about it nonstop. It’s incredible to see another perspective and science behind trauma. Mental health is so stigmatized. Trauma has a truly incapacitating effect on my life. I’m in awe of how educational and magnifying this book is.
  • The Body Keeps The Score

    By Clean diner
    I thought this book was an excellent compilation of studies, experiences, and life stories. Different types of therapy work for different people. We’re not a “one type fits all” culture. The very nature of humanity is that we’re all different. We will all grow, learn, and change through different processes.
  • A Must Read

    By Misteryboss
    A must read for anyone that seeks to understand themselves and society. A must read for all who strive to learn, heal, grow and love.
  • Great Book!

    By IzzyO!
    This was such a great book! It really shows me how my childhood has effected me and now I just have to consciously want to make changes!