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

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

by Oprah Winfrey, Bruce D. Perry

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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 ultimately recalibrate our responses to circumstances, situations, and relationships. It is, in other words, the key to reshaping our very lives.”—Oprah Winfrey

This book is going to change the way you see your life.

Have you ever wondered "Why did I do that?" or "Why can't I just control my behavior?" Others may judge our reactions and think, "What's wrong with that person?" When questioning our emotions, it's easy to place the blame on ourselves; holding ourselves and those around us to an impossible standard. It's time we started asking a different question.

Through deeply personal conversations, Oprah Winfrey and renowned brain and trauma expert Dr. Bruce Perry offer a groundbreaking and profound shift from asking “What’s wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?”

Here, Winfrey shares stories from her own past, understanding through experience the vulnerability that comes from facing trauma and adversity at a young age. In conversation throughout the book, she and Dr. Perry focus on understanding people, behavior, and ourselves. It’s a subtle but profound shift in our approach to trauma, and it’s one that allows us to understand our pasts in order to clear a path to our future—opening the door to resilience and healing in a proven, powerful way.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250223180
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication date: 04/27/2021
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 59
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Over the course of her esteemed career, Oprah Winfrey has created an unparalleled connection with people around the world. As host and supervising producer of the top-rated, award-winning The Oprah Winfrey Show, she entertained, enlightened, and uplifted millions of viewers for twenty-five years. Her continued accomplishments as a global media leader and philanthropist have established her as one of the most influential and admired public figures in the world today.

Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D., a child psychiatrist and neuroscientist, is the principal of the Neurosequential Network, senior fellow of the ChildTrauma Academy and an adjunct professor of psychiatry at the Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago. He is the author, with Maia Szalavitz, of The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, a bestselling book based on his work with maltreated children, and Born for Love, about the essential nature of empathy.

Table of Contents

A Note from the Authors 9

Introduction 10

Chapter 1 Making Sense of the World 18

Chapter 2 Seeking Balance 42

Chapter 3 How We Were Loved 68

Chapter 4 The Spectrum of Trauma 94

Chapter 5 Connecting the Dots 120

Chapter 6 From Coping to Healing 152

Chapter 7 Post-Traumatic Wisdom 184

Chapter 8 Our Brains, Our Biases, Our Systems 210

Chapter 9 Relational Hunger In The Modern World 244

Chapter 10 What We Need Now 272

Epilogue 288

Resources 299

Credits And Acknowledgments 302

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