Bessel A. van der Kolk Quotes (Author of The Body Keeps the Score)
Bessel van der Kolk
Nowhere is this relationship more essential yet more endangered than in our healing from trauma, and no one has provided a more illuminating, sympathetic, and constructive approach to such healing than Boston-based Dutch psychiatrist and pioneering PTSD researcher Bessel van der Kolk. Trauma, Van der Kolk notes, affects not only those who have suffered it but also those who surround them and, especially, those who love them. He writes:. One does not have be a combat soldier, or visit a refugee camp in Syria or the Congo to encounter trauma. Trauma happens to us, our friends, our families, and our neighbors.
Bessel van der Kolk, M. I just went to visit my childhood friends in the Netherlands, and I found that the more traumas they have had in their background, the more creative and successful they often become. Traumatized people and their ability to see new things accounts for some of the progress we make in our society. Oprah Winfrey is one good example. Isaac Newton had a horrendous history, but, at the same time, he was the great discoverer of calculus and many of the fundamental laws of physics.
“Dr. van der Kolk has written a fascinating and empowering book about trauma and its effects. He uses modern neuroscience to demonstrate that trauma .
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Get immediate alerts on all breaking news, delivered via Facebook Messenger. Sign up here. Bessel van der Kolk, a best-selling author on trauma whose research has attracted a worldwide following, has been fired from his job over allegations that he bullied and denigrated employees at his renowned Trauma Center. Van der Kolk was removed as medical director of the Brookline center in January, according to several accounts, although his photo and job description remained prominently on its website until early this week, when the Globe requested information. His firing capped a tumultuous three months at the center that van der Kolk founded 35 years ago. Executive director Joseph Spinazzola, like van der Kolk a longtime advocate for abuse victims, was removed in November over his alleged mistreatment of female employees, executives said.
Since the s his research has been in the area of post-traumatic stress. Van der Kolk was born in the Netherlands. He took his pre-medical with political science at the University of Hawaii in He gained his M. He has studied how children and adults adapt to traumatic experiences, and translated findings from pharmacology , attachment theory , neuroscience , and developmental aspects of trauma's effects on people. In March , after being fired for mistreatment,  Van der Kolk and the senior management of the Trauma Center formed a new independent c 3 organization , the Trauma Research Foundation.