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Bruce Perry MD

Conversations on Trauma, Resilience and Healing: What Happened to You — A shift from ‘What is Wrong with You?’

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Many people have likely asked themselves, “Why did I do that?” or wondered of others “Why can’t they just control their behavior?” When questioning emotions and behavior, it’s easy to place blame or hold ourselves and those around us to an impossible standard.

Renowned brain and trauma expert, Perry offers a groundbreaking shift from asking, “What’s wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?” This puts the focus on having compassion for other people and ourselves. It’s a subtle but profound shift in an approach to trauma. It also allows an individual to understand their past and clear a path to their future, opening the door to resilience and healing. With these powerful insights, individuals can strengthen their self-worth and change their lives.

Perry is the principal of the Neurosequential Network and a professor in the department of psychiatry at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University and La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. He is the author of “The Boy Who Was Raised As a Dog,” a bestseller based on his work with maltreated children, and “Born For Love: Why Empathy is Essential and Endangered.” Perry’s most recent book, “What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing” was co-authored with Oprah Winfrey and released in 2021.

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