The human instinctual response to distress is to reach out to somebody known and trusted for support, and to give care and nurturing to the self by engaging in calming physical activities.
North Gate Book Club: The Body Keeps The Score: Chapter Five: Body-Brain Connections
Human beings are very sensitive to the subtle changes in facial expressions, body language, tone of voice, and can easily detect how a person is feeling without ever exchanging words. Mirror neurons register the experiences of each other, and our body makes adjustments.
North Gate Book Club: The Body Keeps The Score: Chapter Four Summary & Discussion
For therapy and healing to work, a person needs to be firmly grounded in the present. The brain cannot organize the experience of trauma in proper context and meaning without a fully embodied sense of being in the present moment.
North Gate Book Club: The Body Keeps The Score: Chapter Three Summary & Discussion
The Body Keeps the Score Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D. Founder and medical director of the Trauma Center in Brookline Massachusetts. Professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine Director of the National Complex Trauma Treatment Network Published in 2014 Part One: THE REDISCOVERY OF…
North Gate Book Club: The Body Keeps The Score: Chapter Two Summary & Discussion
Restoring autonomy involves participation in one’s healing process rather than being the patient who goes to the doctor to get fixed. The institutions of modern medicine are committed to the brain chemistry model and do not consider the fact that people can change their own physiology without the use of prescribed drugs.
North Gate Book Club: The Body Keeps The Score: Chapter One Summary & Discussion
Reading about the life changing effects of trauma helps to see the whole picture when thinking about humanity and our evolution as a species. Facing our trauma is crucial in being able to move forward and have a meaningful life.