Trauma happens in everyday life. Veterans and their families experience the aftermath of combat, one in five Americans has been molested, one in four grew up as alcoholic, one in three couples have engaged in physical violence. One of the pioneers on trauma, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk has spent three decades studying how trauma shapes the body and the brain which affects the trauma victim’s capacity for pleasure, engagement, self-control, and trust. He leads us through innovative treatments that offer alternative paths to recovery by activating the brain’s neuroplasticity. The Body Keeps the Score shows various studies by leading experts where they expose the power relationships have in hurting and healing—and it shows hope for regaining control over our own lives.