What Happened to You?

By Bruce D. Perry, Oprah Winfrey,

Book cover of What Happened to You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing

Book description


Our earliest experiences shape our lives far down the road, and What Happened to You? provides powerful scientific and emotional insights into the behavioral patterns so many of us struggle to understand.

“Through this lens we can build a renewed sense of personal self-worth and…

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5 authors picked What Happened to You? as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

What happened to you? The thing I most like about my work is hearing people’s stories and I think this book really shines the light on people’s stories.

It’s not what is wrong with you which is so often how this is positioned, it is what happened to you? What is the story of how you got to be where you are today, I love the way the book positions where people are at, and I think it has a very hopeful premise. 

It has never been more important to ask this question after the tough few years we have…

I’ve often said that the most resilient ones among us have perfected the art of recovery from disruption.

The art of recovery from disruption is the premise of my book. An entire Chapter in that book is dedicated to Oprah Winfrey. As the authors state in the introduction to this book – “This book is for anyone with a mother, father or child who has experienced trauma.”

The narrative in the book of the unique adaptability of our brains is very insightful and Oprah sharing her personal experiences as a child and how she came through it is just…

From Keisha's list on resilience and overcoming setbacks.

Dr. Bruce Perry, a well-known trauma expert, neuroscientist, and psychiatrist, and icon Oprah Winfrey break down mental illness barriers and hold conversations with emotionally struggling individuals. Instead of asking, “What is wrong with you?” they ask, “What events in your past led to how you feel and act today?” Trauma, especially childhood trauma, is covered, with the emphasis on how to renew one’s personal sense of worth and become more resilient. Readers learn what can cause trauma and lack of self-worth and how individuals can become strong, thrive, and move successfully through life. What experiences can lead to resilience rather…

Bruce D. Perry and Oprah Winfrey go through the importance of understanding and identifying the ‘why’ behind the complexities of the human experience. Opening the discussion on the importance of processing trauma, and how it affects us all while acknowledging the experience, this book enables the opportunity to lead to a thriving path of healing and recovery. 

What Happened to You? is both profound and easy to understand. Bruce Perry, one of the leading experts on early childhood trauma, has been a frequent guest of Oprah Winfrey, who has spoken many times about the trauma she experienced and the impact it had on her life. In this “conversation”, they explore what constitutes trauma, the effect it has on a person’s life, and how to find healing. Simply put, we need to change the question we ask of anyone who is struggling (especially a child) from “what’s wrong with you” to “what happened to you?” If…

From Cheryl's list on trauma in early childhood.

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