What Happened to You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing

by Bruce D. Perry

Other authorsOprah Winfrey (Author)
Hardcover, 2021

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Our earliest experiences shape our lives far down the road, and What Happened to You? provides powerful scientific and emotional insights into the behavioral patterns so many of us struggle to understand.

“Through this lens we can build a renewed sense of personal self-worth and ultimately recalibrate our responses to circumstances, situations, and relationships. It is, in other words, the key to reshaping our very lives.”―Oprah Winfrey

This book is going to change the way you see your life.

Have you ever wondered "Why did I do that?" or "Why can't I just control my behavior?" Others may judge our reactions and think, "What's wrong with that person?" When questioning our emotions, it's easy to place the blame on ourselves; holding ourselves and those around us to an impossible standard. It's time we started asking a different question.

Through deeply personal conversations, Oprah Winfrey and renowned brain and trauma expert Dr. Bruce Perry offer a groundbreaking and profound shift from asking “What’s wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?”

Here, Winfrey shares stories from her own past, understanding through experience the vulnerability that comes from facing trauma and adversity at a young age. In conversation throughout the book, she and Dr. Perry focus on understanding people, behavior, and ourselves. It’s a subtle but profound shift in our approach to trauma, and it’s one that allows us to understand our pasts in order to clear a path to our future―opening the door to resilience and healing in a proven, powerful way.

This material is also available in digital format! Click here: https://orparc.overdrive.com/media/5428468



Flatiron Books: An Oprah Book (2021), Edition: 1, 304 pages

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LibraryThing member TheYodamom
Very interesting and thought provoking. I really wanted to dive into these subjects and reactions.
LibraryThing member tlanson
A new way of understanding and organizing the answers to the old question, "Tell me about your childhood". The brain architecture hierarchy like all genius is obvious in hindsight. It a simple and easy model to remember and reference when events "deregulate" everyone in the room. There are a lot of
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threptic tools mentioned but not covered in detail. The importance of a healthy, supportive, and loving community are highlighted and underlined.
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LibraryThing member Krisbee
A great book for u dears tan ding trauma. The conversation format makes it easy read and even better as an audio book. A great book for understanding the impact of childhood experiences on the developing brain.


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