The Body Keeps Score made clear to me the complex, long term impact of trauma on both our body and brain. Bessel van der Kolk M.D. helps the reader understand both research on the neuroscience of trauma and innovative ways to approach healing. I am a bit of a trauma-geek (I enjoy reading about this topic in my spare time), but this really is a fabulous resource for parents who want to understand the science of how the past impacts your little ones- and it is on sale today!
From The Body Keeps Score :
Trauma results in a fundamental reorganization of the way mind and brain manage perceptions. It changes not only how we think and what we think about, but also our very capacity to think.
"Traumatized people have a tendency to superimpose their trauma on everything around them and [so] have trouble deciphering whatever is going on around them"
"It takes enormous trust and courage to allow yourself to remember"
Likewise, it takes tremendous courage to walk alongside the child you are bringing healing to. The work of healing and the work of helping a child heal is the hardest thing you may ever do!