The Boy Who Was Raised As a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook: What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us About Loss, Love and Healing
What happens when a young brain is traumatized? How does terror, abuse, or disaster affect a child's mind--and how can that mind recover?
Child psychiatrist Bruce Perry has helped children faced with unimagina...more
"More than in any other species, human young are born vulnerable and dependent. Pregnancy and early childhood are tremendous energy drains on the mother and, indirectly, on the larger family group. But despite the severe pain of childbirth, the numerous discomforts of pregnancy and breast-feeding, and the loud, continuous demands of a newborn, human mothers overwhelmingly tend to devote themselves to comforting, feeding an protecting ...more
A few minutes of stress for baby rats can affect their brain into adulthood. Yet these children are expected to handle abuse, witnessing the murder of a parent, systematic neglect... What seems to affect them the most is the lack of love, even while medical diagnoses are offered. A disruptive girl has ADD, of course. B ...more
It is amazing how the brain ...more
"Many of the sleeping and crying problems seen in infancy today are likely caused by the fact that a human infant left alone and out of sight distance of adults for almost the entire evolutionary history of humankind would have been facing near-certain death. It's hardly surprising that babies find being left alone to sleep distressing. In fact, what's startling (a ...more
The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog is a non-fiction book.
The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog did NOT bore me.
To the contrary, it fascinated me. It incited a hundred different emotions that I didn't think was possible with a non-fiction book. It made me smile; made me cry. It punched me right in the chest and soothed me the next. It was UTTER PERFECTION.
The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog is a book of beauty and one of the most beautiful things about it ...more
A very insightful book into the effects of early childhood trauma. Dr. Perry explores the seemingly obvious and seemingly impossible at the same time. Of course love and empathy are important for healthy development but the extent to which early trauma can disrupt development is astonishing. The physical, emotional, psychological, and social effects of trauma are almost unfathomable as presented by Perry, as are the ways in which ...more
Anyways: The stories are bleak. Really awful things happened to kids. Really awful things are still happening to kids. Sometimes really awful are done to kids by the people trying to happen. Sometimes evil is just ignorance.
But kids get better! We ...more
I just finished an incredible book and there were so many people that I thought would like it that I decided to just give a blanket FB recommendation in case you're looking for something to read. Because, aren't we all?
The Boy Who was Raised as a Dog. The author/psychiatrist discusses what happens when young children are traumatized or victims of violence and how it affects their brain and behavior. He shares what he's discovered in how to treat and heal. Part c ...more
This book is a critical helper to reviving our cold, fast, isolated, and yet crowded society into something more humane, more in touch with our deeper, more meaningful selves. The more people who read and understand, who allow themselves to slow down, cherish, listen, respect, touch, love children--and themselves, the more our entire society will grow in empathy and humanity.
Easy to understand and yet offering challenging thoughts, Perry's writ ...more
I always want take-homes from disturbing books like this-- something to tie the jarring loose ends into a nice little bow. Although this is a descriptive rather than a prescriptive book, Perry delivers these appeasing li ...more
It's written by a child psychiatrist who specialized in working with traumatized children. He tells the stories of very bizarre cases that he has worked on, and how each form of abuse psychologically affects the children.
But what I really loved about this book (and what I thought was really unique) is that he goes further to explain the physiological effects of abuse -- like how the brain responds to threat or, neurologically, why learned behaviors are learned. And usually I thi ...more
Perry is a psychiatrist who has specialized in working with children recovering from trauma. His research and practice synthesize both neurobiological and the sociological aspects of development. I've found this explo ...more
Dr. Bruce Perry is one of the leading child trauma experts in the United States. In this book he shares eleven different neglected or abused children's tale. Each case also includes psychological insight along with an explanation for the child's behavior and the chosen type of treatment.
I fo ...more