Trauma and Neuroscience Reading - Level up your knowledge!
I've been reading a lot this year, it was one of my goals for myself in 2022. I've learned about trauma, neuroscience, and the brain. I'm going to post a few books as Recommended Reading if you're looking to boost your knowledge of these topics! Links will take you to the Amazon page.
1) What Happened to You? Bruce Perry & Oprah Winfrey.
This book is a conversation between the authors about the impacts of childhood traumas and the lasting effects. He offers some insights, tips and techniques, and a general biology overview on how things work. This is one of the easiest books to read on the Trauma topic, and was really engaging. I couldn't put it down!
2) The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk
If you're looking for more in depth knowledge about how trauma impacts the body and systems, then this book is for you. I experienced it to be "weighty" and at times struggled to keep reading. It made me uncomfortable and sad at times. But I learned so much and have a greater awareness for how I manage my own body & trauma, and how I can lead others to do the same.
3) The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy by Louis Cozolino
If you're a therapist, or like neuroscience then please pick this up! It does an excellent job of connecting the impact of traumatic events to our brains and explaining how this is impacting our behavior. Discussions range from Altruism, trauma, attachment, anxiety, and Narcissism. It's dense, so please don't consider this a "light" read. Put your tea on, this will take you a while.
Understanding how our brains and bodies are impacted by the things we've experienced helps us to make sense of ourselves and the world. Take the time to invest in self-knowledge and pick up one of these books. Or get them at the library, or your favorite audio book provider.