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

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
September 2018
13 hours 12 minutes
In this classic work of developmental psychology, renowned psychiatrist and the coauthor of the #1 New York Times bestseller What Happened to You? reveals how trauma affects children—and outlines the path to recovery

How does trauma affect a child's mind—and how can that mind recover?

Child psychiatrist Dr. Bruce D. Perry has helped children faced with unimaginable horror: genocide survivors, murder witnesses, kidnapped teenagers, and victims of family violence. In the classic The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, Dr. Perry tells their stories of trauma and transformation and shares their lessons of courage, humanity, and hope. Deftly combining unforgettable case histories with his own compassionate, insightful strategies for rehabilitation, Perry explains what happens to children’s brains when they are exposed to extreme stress—and reveals the unexpected measures that can be taken to ease such pain and help them grow into healthy adults. Only when we understand the science of the mind and the power of love and nurturing can we hope to heal the spirit of even the most wounded child.
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Warning: some of the stories are extremely painful and traumatic to listen to, listeners discretion is advised. A must-listen if you want to know how common childhood abuse is and to what extent some of the kids have to go through just to survive...yet with a little help and the right trauma-based therapy, those innocent souls have the resilience to heal. I want to thank Dr. Bruce Perry and all other people who are working to make the world a better place for future generations.

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Adda S.

Love this book! Highly recommended!

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Rima R.

Highly recommended, it’s brilliant, profound and important for everyone. I couldn’t stop listening even after I finished it.

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Laura D.

I am an educator in contact with a lot of youth with trauma this book has been quintessential to discovering and understanding how the brain works and dealing with trauma. I would recommend this Book to all educators .

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Ioannis T.

amazing book. very informative and very easy to listen and follow.

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Amazing book. Hard in places, but not as emotionally hard as I anticipated. It really illuminates maladaption and psychopathology in a fascinating way. My 13 yo psychology-obsessed kid loved it too!

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