Book Review of What Happened to You?
What Happened to You?
Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Bruce D. Perry have worked together on a book about surviving, bouncing back, and recovering to thrive after experiencing trauma. The path to a normal life requires an unflinching look at "what happened to you" instead of the more shortsighted "what is wrong with you."
Winfrey speaks of actual events from her past and how she carries the memories yet found a path to recovery and living a fruitful life. Dr. Perry is an expert on the brain and how human thinking and behavior changes as a result of traumatic experiences. The two discuss and share examples of the good that happens when one can retrain to respond differently to situations, relationships, and circumstances. It is a way to see life differently and take a better walk down its sometimes stony path.
It is an important book to have, because it sets forth a way to look at the experiences we have in life, examine what happened and how we respond to situations into the future. A key point is that the future is still open; how we handle things now and tomorrow can make a much better future. To do that, we must know where we're coming from and how experiences affect us.
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