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

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


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"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?” 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.

Here, Winfrey shares stories from her own past, understanding through experience the vulnerability that comes from facing trauma and adversity at a young age. Joining forces with Dr. Perry, one of the world’s leading experts on childhood and brain development, Winfrey and Dr. Perry marry the power of storytelling with science to better understand and overcome the effects of our pasts.

In conversation throughout the book, the two 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.

Title:What Happened To You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing
Edition Language:English
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    What Happened To You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing Reviews

  • Mario the lone bookwolf

    Possibly one of the best DIY self help, brain fix, auto mind penetration for better, more massive mental reconstruction, books ever written Combining the scientific with the personal emotional to bett...

  • Elyse  Walters

    Audiobook… read by Bruce D. Perry and Oprah Winfrey …..8 hours and 27 minutes“Biologically speaking….continuous trauma can weaken remaining neutral pathways to the thinking part of the brain a...

  • Warda

    This was such a much needed read. I’ve always been of the opinion that your beginnings, your childhood, your what-happened-to-you moments shape your being. Your past shapes your present, your wounds...

  • Schizanthus Nerd

    As you move through the experiences of your past, know that no matter what happened, your being here, vibrant and alive, makes you worthy.You alone are enough. Sometimes a book will come into yo...

  • Traci S

    Add this to the list of books that should be required reading. I saved all of the resources they provided and am looking forward to visiting the book's website. To be fair, however, I'm over Oprah and...

  • Diane

    This was a very meaningful and thought-provoking book. I listened to this on audio, which was an enjoyable conversation between the great Oprah Winfrey and her longtime collaborator Dr. Perry, a neuro...

  • Desiree

    Not all that impressed with this one, Oprah. Unless you are very interested in child development/psychology, not sure this is worth the time. Additionally, I don't agree that trauma can only encompass...

  • Sonal Apte

    This should absolutely be required reading for everyone. Why? Because it explains how we don't really know anyone until we know what happened to them. And from that perspective, it gives educators, pa...

  • Brittany

    Man, I really loved this book. It was an incredibly fascinating tour through the way the MIND processes trauma. There was a quote, "we prefer the certainty of misery to the misery of uncertainty", tha...

  • Jess

    I wanted to like this book a lot, but it just didn’t hit for me. The idea is important - ask about what happened to you rather than what is “wrong” with you. However, the vast majority of the bo...