• Trauma and Recovery

  • The Aftermath of Violence - from Domestic Abuse to Political Terror
  • By: Judith Lewis Herman MD
  • Narrated by: Alison Mathews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (201 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In this groundbreaking audiobook, a leading clinical psychiatrist redefines how we think about and treat victims of trauma. A "stunning achievement" that remains a "classic for our generation" (Bessel van der Kolk, MD, author of The Body Keeps the Score).

Trauma and Recovery is revered as the seminal text on understanding trauma survivors. By placing individual experience in a broader political frame, Harvard psychiatrist Judith Herman argues that psychological trauma is inseparable from its social and political context. Drawing on her own research on incest, as well as a vast literature on combat veterans and victims of political terror, she shows surprising parallels between private horrors like child abuse and public horrors like war. 

Hailed by the New York Times as "one of the most important psychiatry works to be published since Freud", Trauma and Recovery is essential listening for anyone who seeks to understand how we heal and are healed.

©2015 Judith L. Herman (P)2019 Basic Books

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Recommended for Social Workers and Psychologist

I loved this book. I high recommend anyone who wants to work as a therapist. Also, this book is great for someone who wants to work with people who have experienced childhood trauma, veterans with PTSD, individuals who have lived through sexual assault or domestic violence. I high recommend this book for social work and psychology students either at the bachelor or masters level. It might benefit the students at a higher level of education more than at a lower level of education. A people could reread this book as it is educational, interesting, and inspiring.

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A must for everyone!!

This brilliant book kindly held my hand while blowing my mind.

I was pleasantly surprised to find it an academic yet highly accessible read, & for the first time I witnessed the fully fleshed out struggles, confusion, pain, gas lighting of myself & others who continue to suffer horrific experiences in seeking help from therapists & institutions that claim to offer it. Equal vigor is given to the success stories of those greatly benefited by quality support. Such instances well observed the many lessons learned from the ongoing pitfalls in the so called grey areas of the gulf between ‘great’ & ‘awful’ care, in my opinion.

This book gives a clear, concise, honest, well researched explanation on the subject of Trauma & Recovery from many angles. It explains what Trauma is, how & why it occurs, how it is & was treated
in the past through to the present day, with great insight on our future endeavors to heal from such complex events, linking our private & personal terrors to the wider landscape of society, including of course - the political.

This is an excellent read & is well narrated. I’m eternally grateful for having found such a gem, & loved it so much I’m about to read it again.

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a must read for counselors

This book along with The Body Keeps The Score are necessary resources for those who work in helping and healing professions. Trauma is pervasive and this book thoroughly covers it all.

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Answers to many "why" questions.

Knowledge is power. When you know why you do what you do, or why you can't organize your house, your schedule, and why you respond or react the way you do; you can seek the help you need. Trauma blurs memories, and changes the way our brain reacts to anything, in a bad way. This is a must read if you want to understand yourself or others. Thank you Dr. Herman.

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Thorough and well written

Heavily focuses on violence against women and children, which is important and very prevalent. Although it does address combat veterans with PTSD, readers looking for that focus may not feel military PTSD is as represented as they’re hoping for.

The “performance” was okay. There were quite a few mispronounced words.

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Wow

This book is incredibly written and difficult to read. Recommended for all clinicians regardless of your population.

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If i could stomach listening

Seriously the worst reading possible. I want to read this book but the audible will simply put me to sleep.

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Enlightening Read

This was a thorough, well-written in-depth look into the different aspects of trauma! Definitely an essential read for any survivor living with PTSD/CPTSD.

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first part was great 👍

I felt so identified and understood so many things. Moreover, helped me connect the dots. however, second part was just fine. Perhaps is better to read it or if they include a PDF with certain exercises or examples. And the epilogue was ok. I was recommended this book in a webinar about trauma and intervention. It's worth the purchase if you want to understand more about trauma.

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After listening for a few hours I realized how the story seemed to drag on and on. I did not care for the book.

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  • Egle Biliute Rodiniene
  • 09-29-21

Great book about ptsd

The book inspired me to learn more about ptsd and it's treatment. It helped my patients with PTSD symptoms aswel.

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  • 07-30-22

robotic voice.

why the very robotic narration? sounds like a computerised voice? very off putting. monotone

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  • Chris
  • 07-22-22

Very impressed!

This book is very enlightening for abused people or therapists interested on this subject.. it answered a lot of questions I didn’t even know I had.

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  • Cee Jay
  • 05-08-22

phenomenal

wow. a powerful, devastating book, but also hopeful. I'm buying a print copy too, and for each of my friends

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-12-22

Wonderful and Important for therapists and petient

i learned so much, thank you for this research and publishing it. if you suffer from CPTST - read it, it will help you coop

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  • Mary O'C
  • 04-05-22

Excellent book for understanding trauma

This book by Judith Herman provides a comprehensive discussion about trauma and how to work with it.

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  • Rach
  • 11-26-20

Well worth the listen

If you work in trauma or just want to learn more, I highly recommend this book. Well written and the audio is easy enough to listen to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-20-20

interesting aspects

heavy going at times , clinical jargon somewhat exclusive to the novice, some statistics are out of date.over all useful information.

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  • 01-22-22

A very insightful and well presented book

This book details the history of psychoanalysis, providing the listener with an important foundation of knowledge, before outlining the stages of recovery from trauma.

If more people were educated on what trauma is and the ways in which it can impact the human brain and subsequently, human behaviour, there would be less judgement on ourselves and on each other.