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The Body Keeps the Score Discussion Questions

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

'The Body Keeps the Score' is a nonfiction book by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk about the way the body responds to psychological trauma. This asset contains discussion questions for students about this book.

The Body Keeps the Score

Dr. Bessel van der Kolk's The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma is a 2014 mental health book that describes the physical consequences of trauma and offers treatment options for those who have experienced trauma. The following questions may be used with high school and college students to encourage discussions about this book.

Trauma

The section contains questions that provide students an opportunity to define trauma and its effects on a person's ability to experience happiness.

  • What are some examples of trauma that impact a person's ability to live a healthy life? How prevalent do you think psychological trauma is in our society? What are some mental health risks that are associated with trauma? Why is this information important for everyone to know?
  • How does trauma affect a person's ability to form relationships with other people? How might relationship issues exacerbate psychological trauma? What are things you might do to build trust with a person who has been through a traumatic experience?
  • What happens to the brain/body connection as a result of trauma? Why does this happen? What are the physical consequences of repressed trauma?
  • What is post-traumatic stress disorder? What are some symptoms of PTSD? What are some specific populations that have a higher degree of PTSD? How does burying the source of trauma impact the symptoms a person experiences?

Consequences

The questions in this section delve deeper into the physical consequences of psychological trauma.

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