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What Happened to You?

Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing

This book is for anyone who has been on a learning journey to understand how trauma impacts our biology and our behavior. This is a current explanation of the neurobiology told through stories and examples. Dr. Bruce Perry and Oprah Winfrey have worked together for decades to deepen and broaden their understanding of trauma. Dr. Perry expertly and carefully explains the science in a very tangible and applicable way.

Author: Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD and Oprah Winfrey
Year of Publishing: 2021
Number of Pages: 291

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  1. jmczech14 (verified owner)

    It’s written as transcripts of conversations between Oprah and Dr. Perry.

  2. nnppnn (verified owner)

    I absolutely loved this book! Very informative, well written, and eye opening. This book made me learn so much more about how my upbringing and past has shaped me to be who I am today. Highly recommend!

  3. [email protected] (verified owner)

    This book should be required for anyone who works with children.

  4. Firechild94 (verified owner)

    It has a lot of great information. I honestly struggled because for me it’s hard to read conversations.

  5. Jesie Cordero (verified owner)

    Nice, well written book.

  6. Jesie Cordero (verified owner)

    Nice, well written, easy to read book.

  7. sebastian (verified owner)

    This is an excellent read on the effects of trauma on the psychological make-up of a human being’s developmental process. It is packed with valuable information and insights on hidden circumstances that contribute to the formation of the individual. Not only it helped me understand myself at a deeper level, but also created a space of tolerance and acceptance of my fellow-human’s shortcomings. Highly recommended.

  8. Jezebelle Case (verified owner)

    This book was so insightful with question and answer dialogue that really focused on real life scenarios of trauma. Great insight into the healing and work that can be done to not be stuck in such trauma.

  9. Savanna Rilatos (verified owner)

    I really needed this book, it reframed the way i talk to myself and think about my life and experiences.

  10. Julie VanDeHey (verified owner)

    I will happily read anything that Bruce Perry is involved in. He again delivers on thought provoking brutiful work.

  11. christinalynnhead (verified owner)

    This book was more than what I was expecting and in a great way. The dialog between the conversations was so informal. Being aware of trauma is huge and this helped me look at my own trauma in a different perspective as well as thoughts on navigation on moving forward digging through it. Great book!

  12. Angela Graves (verified owner)

    Wow, very much recommend this for trauma survivors

  13. AmyB (verified owner)

    The transcript writing of the text was different than expected and not preferred, but Bruce Perry’s expertise and accessibility is worth the read.

  14. nunnj (verified owner)

    Loved this vook….engaging conversation that makes you think about how trauma effects people around us!

  15. Amber (verified owner)

    Helps you put together the pieces of your history and apply the information for a better today, enlightening.

  16. CoachNicole (verified owner)

    This is a MUST read for coaches, clinicians, educators, leaders, and anyone interested in creating connections. The dialogue style of the book makes it easy to read and eye-opening from the very first page.

  17. ashleyjohnsonbend (verified owner)

    one of the best books to process through trauma.

  18. Craig Jacobson (verified owner)

    This book helped transform the national conversation (literally) around trauma!

  19. pauljohnsonbend (verified owner)

    A must read, for everyone. Period.

  20. nonirose (verified owner)

    This book is great if you are wanting to learn more about trauma and as an addition to psychology classes. However, for self-help, it’s not that type of book. There is no coping, how to break the pattern, or anything that can help the reader who seeks healing. It was interesting and hurt my heart hearing about Oprah’s upbringing. She is a beautiful lady and been through so much. Maybe a sequel will be coming forth with the self-help we were hoping for in this edition.

  21. Melissa Sapp (verified owner)

    An eye opening read

  22. krislnelson (verified owner)

    Such an important shift in the way we think! Insight from thirty years of experience and stories from so many really highlight how considering what happened helps change the conversation to figuring out where people are coming from so they can work to find ways to move forward. Well organized and meaningful information.

  23. Jovanna Leon (verified owner)

    A well written informative book about the impacts trauma has on a individual. Would highly recommend this book to others.

  24. htramnn (verified owner)

    I listened to this book on audio and loved the conversational style of the book. I love that I can have the physical book to read again in small sections and really digest it. Thank you!

  25. Jill Burch (verified owner)

    It is a great read!

  26. MCampos (verified owner)

    Excellent explanation regarding how trauma affects our brain.

  27. Jesu Rodriguez (verified owner)

    As soon I received this book started to reading that night, it was so hard to stop reading, can’t wait to finish it and be able to help my father.

  28. janelledewilde (verified owner)

    This book is insightful and in alignment with Bruce Perry’s work with trauma.

  29. justareader (verified owner)

    A friend recommended this book and I am so glad she did. It really helped me see how what I saw as a normal childhood was actually very traumatic.

  30. dawnmgeoppinger (verified owner)

    This book can be helpful for anyone who is interested in learning more about trauma and it’s impact on the mind and body. The book can be repetitive at times (it’s built on “conversations.”); however the conversational style makes it easy to read and accessible. Offers some practical advice on how to heal from trauma – hope that recovery is possible.

  31. Michelle Hankes (verified owner)

    I work with people who have experienced trauma. I couldn’t put this book down and it will help being more trauma-informed.

  32. Linda Hayden (verified owner)

    Excellent book that walks you through how trauma affects a person from childhood to adulthood. Many examples of trauma issues and how the brain is processing.

  33. C (verified owner)

    Helpful and informative information however difficult to read in the format of a conversation.

  34. Lindsay Eggleston (verified owner)

    Very insightful relatable book. Offer insight, validation and tools to regain your life after trauma

  35. Lovetoread53 (verified owner)

    This book was very enlightening as to how individual we are in experiences and trauma and how much it how little we are affected. I liked the interaction and questions between the authors.

  36. Amanda Littke-Kellam (verified owner)

    Really excellent discussion of Dr. Perry’s groundbreaking work that shows the correlation between brain development and trauma. A must-read for all educators, school staff, or anyone who works with children!

  37. Lilia Ornelas (verified owner)

    This book is wonderful. It really does explain in detail from a doctors perspective and also for someone who might not understand all those “doctor words” this book does a great job. I would recommend this book to anyone who is on their journey of trying to understand why they are the way they are.

  38. Harley Girl (verified owner)

    Dr. Perry has so much insight. This book didn’t disappoint.

  39. Janira (verified owner)

    This is a must read for anyone interested in learning more about trauma.

  40. JenWintersteen (verified owner)

    Excellent read. Loved the conversation style. Very helpful in my work with children who have experienced trauma.

  41. cdorrah (verified owner)

    Great addition to my library! Very readable. Thank you so much!

  42. Vanessa (verified owner)

    “What Happened to You” is a poignant exploration of trauma and healing. Through personal anecdotes and scientific insights, the authors emphasize the importance of understanding one’s past to navigate a path toward resilience and emotional well-being. The book advocates for a compassionate approach to trauma, offering practical strategies for healing. Overall, it’s a thought-provoking guide that combines personal stories with professional expertise, delivering a powerful message of hope.

  43. Sage Halvorson (verified owner)

    Interesting to read. I liked learning more about the origins of trauma.

  44. Kelsey Taylor (verified owner)

    Love this book! Very well written.

  45. kelli.conraads (verified owner)

    Awesome book! Great read with very important information.

  46. mparmley (verified owner)

    This book is so powerful and educational for me personally as well as professionally. I highly recommend it!

  47. Rebecca Johnson (verified owner)

    Very interesting book. Love all the different points of view.

  48. tkwilson (verified owner)

    I love that she is expanding on what he discussed in her TedTalk, this doctor is amazing and fun to listen to

  49. Mariah Peterson (verified owner)

    Loved this book! It was so insightful!

  50. David Nestor (verified owner)

    I enjoyed this book quite a bit. Bruce Perry does another wonderful job of explaining and exploring how trauma impacts us as humans across the lifespan. This would be a great book for anyone looking to begin their journey or learning on trauma and its effects on people, communities, and society. If you like this one I would suggest his book “ the boy who was raised as a dog”.

  51. stephvanhecke (verified owner)

    This is a wonderful perspective and affirming book for those who have suffered trauma or know someone who has.

  52. Debbie Walker (verified owner)

    This is a must read informative intriguing book. Well written


  53. terriks (verified owner)

    I struggled a little with the format as a conversation between the two but important content

  54. Anne Bernard (verified owner)

    Great book. A lot of useful information.

  55. Billy Grounds (verified owner)

    A very insightful book. It is also very helpful for my professional career and the people I help.

  56. Lindsay (verified owner)

    Great book.

  57. mdoran (verified owner)

    Fascinating book on how early childhood trauma affects us our whole lives. Also, understanding that with the right support, you can heal from the trauma or support others who have experienced childhood trauma.

  58. Eight (verified owner)

    Well written! A book to keep sharing with others.

  59. Karen Wirth (verified owner)

    Important topic

  60. SMohler (verified owner)

    This book has helped me to address my own childhood traumas, while also being empathetic to other’s experiences as well. Highly recommend!

  61. fvehapi (verified owner)

    This book is transformational. Definitely recommend it!

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