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The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook - What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us About Loss, Love, and Healing Paperback – Dec 25 2007

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; 1 edition (Dec 25 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465056539
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465056538
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.7 x 20.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 399 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In beautifully written, fascinating accounts of experiences working with emotionally stunted and traumatized children, child psychiatrist Perry educates readers about how early-life stress and violence affects the developing brain. He offers simple yet vivid illustrations of the stress response and the brain's mechanisms with facts and images that crystallize in the mind without being too detailed or confusing. The stories exhibit compassion, understanding and hope as Perry paints detailed, humane pictures of patients who have experienced violence, sexual abuse or neglect, and Perry invites the reader on his own journey to understanding how the developing child's brain works. He learns that to facilitate recovery, the loss of control and powerlessness felt by a child during a traumatic experience must be counteracted. Recovery requires that the patient be "in charge of key aspects of the therapeutic interaction." He emphasizes that the brain of a traumatized child can be remolded with patterned, repetitive experiences in a safe environment. Most importantly, as such trauma involves the shattering of human connections, "lasting, caring connections to others" are irreplaceable in healing; medications and therapy alone cannot do the job. "Relationships are the agents of change and the most powerful therapy is human love," Perry concludes. (Jan.)
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Although many parents fret over how to raise a more academically and financially successful child, Perry has learned a thing or two about how not to raise a prospective sociopath. Here he shares the stories of several children he has encountered in his decades as a child psychiatrist and expert on childhood trauma. Each child, from the seven-year-old who offered him sexual favors to the eponymous boy who spent his early years living in a dog cage, taught Perry something about the effects of early childhood trauma on brain development. His discoveries contradict the formerly held precept that children are emotionally resilient and will outgrow insults to their psyches. On the contrary, he says, severe and occasionally even not-so-severe emotional or physical abuse can chemically alter early brain development, resulting later in the inability to make appropriate, socially sanctioned behavioral decisions. Perry doesn't promote what he calls the "abuse excuse" for antisocial or criminal behavior; rather, he makes a powerful case for early intervention for disruptive children to prevent adult sociopathy. Donna Chavez
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While the topic of traumatized children could be bleak and discouraging, the author's approach is one of hope. Each case study is explored with respect and a lens on learning. The content is highly accessible to the ordinary reader looking to better understand the effects of abuse and neglect, along with developing a deep compassion for traumatized individuals. Each chapter is infused with insight, optimism and an appreciation for the power of connection. A wonderful read!
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Love this book! It is a book packaged with a variety of stories from very diverse clients that Bruce Perry has treated. Bruce Perry's focus and expertise is on brain development and how the tragedies that children suffer at a very young age have proven to affect them negatively in the long-run. Very informative. Very educational. Great for classroom studies. I will definitely read it again.
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This book much like my title is heartbreakingly educational. Gives great insight into the effects of abuse and neglect on children. This book was an easy read and I loved the psychological explanations, the additional information on how abuse can affect a still developing brain and how each story was uniquely different. I would recommend this book to anyone, especially those who deal with children on a regular basis regardless of abuse being present or not. This book definitely shows how far love, attention and bonding can go between a child and a consistent caregiver.
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This book gave me sooo much! It was always interesting, giving educational facts about brain development and trauma along with being very hopeful! Some stories brought tears to my eyes. I LOVED it!
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If you're in the field of child and youth work or youth psychology this is a must read. Even if child psychology interests you it's a great resource. Dr. Perry hits the nail on the head when it comes to his approach with working with troubled children, and it's very clear he has a heart of gold. Fascinating read!
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I enjoyed the book and was not able to put it down till I finished it. The book explains the impact of abuse/neglect on brain development in simple language, and in the format of case studies. Every story is a human tragedy which promises hope. It is a must read for anyone interested in the welfare of children.
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Very well written. It shows how important it is to love our children from the very first moments of birth. Children are amazingly resilient, and respond dramatically when love is given unconditionally. The extended family is very important in supporting the young parents and children.
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This book was a recommended read from my sister. I couldn't put the book down. Amazing stories of strength and courage that children have gone through. I was amazed at how the children were able to come back from such dark places, just total amazing.
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