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

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

"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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Anneke

    I wrote my review in Dutch ;-) on April 25th (can be viewed on my linkedin; this is a shortened, slightly altered English version)What happened to you? What happened to you that made you feel this way...

  • Sophia

    What Happened To You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing by Bruce D. PerryPublished April 27, 2021#MUSTREAD ~OUR "CAREGIVERS" CAN REALLY F.U.U. !Our earliest experiences shape our lives...

  • Anna Rosa

    I'm listening to this as an audio book. I think any book explaining PTSD; the causes and explaining how our brains react to our pasts are always important and relevant.. I found it so interesting in t...

  • Lady

    Oprah’s book picks usually go over like a lead balloon with me. I must be a glutton for punishment because I decided to try this. I figured it would be like the others after it focuses on trauma exp...

  • April Capil

    This book was a heart-opening read, and put so many memories and relationships in perspective for me. It ties in with everything I've learned from Alfred Adler's work, from books like "The Body Keeps ...

  • 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...

  • Billie Byron

    I will read more. But getting toxic and possibly gaslighting language that it’s going to be from a “privilege” bubble. Oprah was lucky to survive, privileged that she has “language intelligenc...