The Body Keeps the Score

This was a very informative, interesting read. Bessel van der Kolk is a renowned trauma expert who delves in the effect traumatic stress has on the brain's wiring and how these areas can be reactivated through treatments such as mindfulness techniques, play, yoga, and other therapies.

The brain-disease model overlooks four fundamental truths: (1) our capacity to destroy one another is matched by our capacity to heal one another. Restoring relationships and community is central to restoring well-being; (2) language gives us the power to change ourselves and others by communicating our experiences, helping us to define what we know, and finding a common sense of meaning; (3) we have the ability to regulate our own physiology, including some of the so-called involuntary functions of the body and brain, through such basic activities as breathing, moving, and touching; and (4) we can change social conditions to create environments in which children and adults can feel safe and where they can thrive.
When we ignore these quintessential dimensions of humanity, we deprive people of ways to heal from trauma and restore their autonomy. Being a patient, rather than a participant in one’s healing process, separates suffering people from their community and alienates them from an inner sense of self.

Listen to his recent conversation, "How Trauma Lodges in the Body," HERE.

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