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The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook

4.53  ·  Rating details ·  12,287 ratings  ·  1,186 reviews
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 unimaginable horror: genocide survivors, murder witnesses, kidnapped teenagers, and victims of family violence. In The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, he tells their stories of t ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published January 8th 2007 by Basic Books (first published 2006)
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Miranda Reads
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fascinating.
The truth is, you cannot love yourself unless you have been loved and are loved. The capacity to love cannot be built in isolation.
Whewww, this one was an emotional doozy - I was equally fascinated and horrified by what the author witnessed and treated.

There's the case from the title - where a (marginally) well-meaning old man finds himself in charge of a young boy (the grandson of a deceased girlfriend).

Not knowing how to raise children, but having plenty of experienc
Petra X
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
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This is a book about damaged children and the psychiatrist who tried to help them. The two saddest stories are the little girl, a toddler really, who at 3 was being prepared to testify against the man (as the only witness) who had murdered her mother in front of her and then cut her throat. She was too young to know about death and had tried to wake her mother and feed her, give her milk and then laid down on her and sung her lullabies.

The other was the 21 Waco children that David Koresh had ta
Last Saturday, I was awakened from my sleep at five in the morning by strange noises. It took me a while to realize that it was my son who had just returned from a night out with his friends, and had a bout of hiccups. He has a place of his own, but every now and then, he sleeps at his old folks’ home, so I usually don’t expect nightly visitors.
Anyhow, I went upstairs to have a glass of water, and he followed me upstairs (our sleeping rooms are downstairs).
“You woke me with your hiccups!”
“I d
May 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A thorough, interdisciplinary book about childhood trauma written with compassion and eloquence, The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog amazed me with its depth and insight. Bruce Perry, an experienced psychiatrist, shares many case studies about kids who have suffered horrible adversity, and he discusses their development and recovery with intelligence and an apparent kindness. One quote that stood out to me about how we should treat people who self-medicate and self-harm with understanding instead of ...more
BAM The Bibliomaniac
Bruce Perry is an absolute godsend to the hundreds of children and families he's helped. I wish we could clone him. He's absolutely brilliant, charming, empathetic, and has no qualms with thinking outside the box.
Tanya W
Jul 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
A very impactful read. The most practical thing I think I can take from it is a greater compassion for my fellow men. We really don't know what people have gone through to contribute to who they are. These stories make me not want to judge anyone (some "bad" people experienced trauma and neglect to the degree that their brain was permanently affected). I wish I could do something to make life better for or be a friend to some of these unusual, and socially misfit individuals. Thank goodness many ...more
Aug 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
WOW. This book is MIND BLOWING! I cannot say enough good things about it. It is utterly fascinating. I heartily recommend it to anyone interested in neuroscience, psychology, and/or child development. He combines short narratives of his experiences working with various children with very scientific analysis of what he learned about the brain's development; and as the book evolves his theories and knowledge build on what he's learned and observed before. The "science" part of the book is challeng ...more
May 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Bruce Perry treats children who have suffered childhood trauma using a neurosequential approach. This approach supposes that as the brain grows from the most basic deep structures to the most complex outer structures (basically from the inside out and from the bottom up) in the first 3 years of life, trauma at any phase of that development shapes or prevents the proper physiological development of the brain area that is developing. Because the higher brain structure development depends on develo ...more
Miriam Mathew
Non-fiction books, as a general rule, bore me.
The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dogis 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 was how t
Aug 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I borrowed this book from my supervisor when I interned in a pediatric psychiatric hospital, and I pretty much read it in one sitting. The book completely changed the way I looked at patients. Before, I saw them as children who were reacting to terribly traumatic experiences. Now, I understand that the traumatic experiences literally changed the way their brain functions. It explains why so many therapeutic interventions fail; our techniques aren't right. We're treating the cancer with cold medi ...more
Feb 05, 2010 rated it liked it
really interesting, heart wrenching stories. favorite quotes:

"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
Aug 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Perry refutes the adage that children are resilient, and walks us through the cases of traumatized children -- the consequences on their psyches and behavior, and how to heal them.

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
Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reč je o zbirci u kojoj su pobrojani neki od slučajeva dečjeg psihijatra Brusa Perija, njegov prvi slučaj i neki drugi zanimljivi putem kojih je predstavio metodu neurosekvencijalnog tretmana.
Rad sa decom koja su bila zapostavljena ili na drugi načim duboko traumatizovana kroz knjigu je predstavljen kroz ponašanje dece i pojašnjenja onogo što se nakon traume događa u njihovom mozgu što im postavlja nove obrasce ponašanja kojima deca ponovo pokušavaju da uspostave relaciju sa svetom.

U knjizi se
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was recommended to me by a colleague. I thought it would be a disturbing read and put of off for ages, however despite some of the horrendous cases, the book is not a shock and awe text. It’s actually quite uplifting. Dr Perry has a gifted way of explaining the connections between trauma, neuroscience and psychotherapy, which is accessible to the lay reader. His model of recovery assumes that children can be healed by receiving the stimulation they missed at certain developmental points. E. ...more
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psikoloji
İlk vakayı okuduktan sonra kitabı bırakmayı düşündüm çünkü, hiç bir öneri getirmiyordu. Sadece bir çocuğun ağır travmasını anlatıyor, ve "ona yardımcı olamadık" diyip bitiriyordu. Hayal kırıklığına uğramıştım.
Sonra Goodreads ve amazon'daki yorumları okuyunca bir şans daha vereyim dedim ve sonrasında kitabı elimden bırakamadım.
Özellikle erken çocuk travmalarına ilişkin çok şey anlatan bir kitap. Yakın zamana kadar çocuk travmalarına ilişkin bu kadar az çalışma olmasına şaşarak okudum. Kitapta a
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
So fascinating. The brain is magnificent and understanding it just a little goes a long way in helping other people.
Aug 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
"The truth is, you cannot love yourself unless you have been loved and are loved. The capacity to love cannot be built in isolation."

"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
Michael Perkins
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
now that my first grandchild, a grandduaghter, has come along, I was prompted to think about this book once again.

It seems pretty clear to me that our upbringing and childhood, even it if is not near as extreme as in the stories in this book, leaves a deep emotional imprint on us that lasts a lifetime. This begins at birth.

The key to my family of origin was a highly dysfunctional and fearful mother. It heavily impacted all of us and still does, Once I became a father, I had a very specific stra
Oct 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all who care about children
This book should be read by everyone who cares for children professionally. We know that children are abused and suffer, yet when we meet some of these children we often don't understand how to help them. This book of stories from Doctor Perry's practice shows us children who come from backgrounds of neglect or abuse. These stories tear at your heart, but knowing that Doctor Perry and others are using what we know about neuroscience to heal offers us hope. If anything, reading this book will mak ...more
Sep 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Using case studies from the author's practice, this book focuses upon the incredible growth, development and malleability of the human brain.

Depending upon your personal preferences, you may or may not appreciate the author's frequent digressions into the biology of the brain to describe what his patients are experiencing.

The fairly frequent discussion of animal experimentation saddened me, especially when considering that numerous experiments conducted in the name of psychological science ten
Berfin Kanat
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Travmaların çocuklar üzerindeki etkisini, beyini nasıl değiştirdiğini ve bunu nasıl düzeltileceğini açıklayan şahane bir kitap. Bölüm bölüm farklı örnekler ve tedavi yöntemleri var. Kendi yaşamınızda bile uygulayıp etkisini görebileceğiniz öneriler içeriyor. Bilimsel dili kesinlikle sıkıcı değil, konu hakkında çok az bilgisi olan birisi olarak hiç sıkılmadan okudum. Psikiyatr, psikolog adaylarına ve alanla ilgilenen herkese şiddetle tavsiye ederim.
Jan 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, psych
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 is a book worthy of such a hefty title. Dr. Bruce Perry writes, in conjunction with journalist Maia Szalavitz, about some of the most distinctive cases that he has worked over his years as a child psychiatrist. In the process, Perry makes powerful arguments for early intervention in the lives of traumatized children, and gives many insights ...more
Özlem Güzelharcan
I love reading books on psychology and the title of this book definately got my attention but I sadly found the book afar from any literary taste. Since I'm not a therapist who wants to collect some info on traumatized children, I could not get involved with the stories at all. I also found the stories were disjointed and I had a very hard time following this book.
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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An eye-opening book on child trauma, using case studies to explore how trauma affects the brain, body, and behavior, and how clinicians, practitioners, parents, and other adults can play a role in healing this trauma.

I think this is a must-read for anyone who works with children - not just children who are known to have been exposed to trauma.
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tahtsin esialgu loetleda, kelle jaoks pean seda raamatut vältimatuks lugemismaterjaliks (lastega töötavad inimesed; lapsevanemad; kõik, kes kunagi plaanivad ühegi lapsega vestelda näiteks :)), aga nüüd mõtlen, et seda võiksid lugeda kõik. Jah, soovitan seda raamatut kõikidele inimestele. Ka neile, kel on endal (lapsepõlve)trauma, mida nad püüavad lahti harutada. Empaatia ja mõistmine (nii enda kui teste suhtes) ei saa mööda külgi maha voolata.

Kuigi kogu raamat on rohkem nagu tsitaatide kogumik,
Marco Pavan
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved the way it was written. Very easy to digest and process. The reported episodes were very challenging to process and picture, touching and heartbreaking. I highly recommend this book cause it explains at length how the brain develops during childhood and how trauma and nurturing can affect development, and the author manages to deliver the message in simple terms and very clearly
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
If you're at all interested in abnormal psychology, this is a fascinating book. Lovers of Oliver Sacks's books, which frequently deal with unusual brain anomalies, may find similarities in this book in that both consist of case studies of people with brain dysfunction. The primary difference with this book is that the principal author, Bruce Perry, is a child psychiatrist in Texas whose area of interest is brain trauma.

There are gripping stories in this book, such as Perry's team being the one d
May 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Son 3-4 gündür beyin ile yatıp beyin ile kalkmama sebep olan harika bir kitap. Travma ve dolayısıyla stres tepki sistemlerimiz üzerine yazılmış güzel bir eser. Perry & Szalavitz travma sebeplerini, etkilerini anlatırken, beynin biyolojisi ve kimyasını, ilgi alanına psikoloji giren her bilgi seviyesindeki okurun anlayabileceği şekilde açıklıyorlar. Bunu öyle güzel yapıyorlar ki, beynin biyoloji ve kimyasını okumak bazı vakaların verdiği üzüntüyü bile arka plana itebiliyor ve beynin gelişme, ç ...more
Hakan Karabas
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bakış açımı değiştirmemi ve yepyeni şeyler öğrenmemi sağlayan, psikiyatriye ilgimi arttıran bir kitap oldu. Sayfa sayısı biraz uzun olsa da, sıkıcı değil. Özellikle son iki bölüm konuyu pekiştiriyor. Psikiyatri bölümünde ders kitabı olarak okutuluyormuş.
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