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The Body Keeps the Score


School of Life




A growing body of research suggests that mental unwellness doesn’t just take a toll on our minds; it affects our physical selves as well. We need to listen to what our bodies are telling us - and care for them as diligently as we care for our thoughts.


The Body Keeps the Score is the beautiful and suggestive title of a book published in 2014 by a Dutch Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University, called Bessel Vander Kolk. The book has proved immensely significant because it emphasizes an idea that has for too long escaped psychiatrist and psychotherapist Vander Kolk stresses that people who are suffering emotionally are unlikely to do so just in their minds.

Crucially, their symptoms almost always show up in their bodies and the way they sit or breathe, and how they hold their shoulders, in their sleep patterns in their digestion processes, and the way they treat their spots and in their attitude to exercise.

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