Can you treat trauma by better sensing your body?

Book review of The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma.

The Body Keeps the Score.

Book Summary #

The book is a history of Bessel van der Kolk's history in trauma therapy. There is a lot of narration and stories, which makes it engaging. But, if you look at other reviews, they may trigger or retraumatize some readers. In the end, there is a short chapter about each method of treating trauma that he believes in.

Trauma Treatments #

What I got from it #

  1. Uncomfortable amount of knowledge about childhood trauma. (But also why it's important and how big a problem it is).
  2. I've heard about EMDR, yoga, and IFS before, so it is a good reminder of their usefulness.
  3. Understanding why knowing your own body is essential and motivation to work on my interoception.

Interoception #

I'm moved my notes on Interoception to a separate post.

Final thoughts #

If you don't know much about trauma, I recommend the book, especially if you have a history of trauma or know someone struggling with it.

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