What happened to you?


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“What Happened to You?” is a powerful and compassionate book written by renowned psychiatrist Dr. Bruce D. Perry and Oprah Winfrey. In this transformative work, they explore the profound impact of trauma on individuals and present a groundbreaking approach to healing through the power of connection.

Drawing from their collective expertise and personal experiences, Dr. Perry and Oprah delve into the effects of trauma on the developing brain and the lifelong consequences it can have on our emotional well-being. Through engaging storytelling and insightful research, they shed light on the importance of understanding the “how” and “why” behind our behaviors, reactions, and relationships.

“What Happened to You?” challenges the prevailing notion of asking “What’s wrong with you?” and instead prompts us to ask “What happened to you?” This shift in perspective emphasizes the significance of compassion, empathy, and human connection in healing from trauma. Dr. Perry and Oprah advocate for a trauma-informed approach that prioritizes understanding and addressing the underlying wounds rather than focusing solely on symptoms.

This transformative book provides practical tools and strategies for fostering healing relationships and creating a safe environment for personal growth. Dr. Perry and Oprah guide readers through the power of mindfulness, validation, storytelling, and other therapeutic techniques that promote resilience and recovery.

“What Happened to You?” is not only a guide for trauma survivors but also an invitation for society as a whole to embrace a more compassionate and inclusive perspective. By recognizing the universal nature of trauma and its far-reaching effects, we can cultivate empathy and create a more supportive and healing community.

This book is a must-read for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of trauma, resilience, and the power of human connection. Dr. Perry and Oprah’s collaborative work offers hope, inspiration, and practical guidance on the path toward healing and transformation. Order your copy of “What Happened to You?” today and embark on a journey of self-discovery, compassion, and healing.


What Happened To You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing


Bruce D. Perry, Oprah Winfrey



Goodreads rating

4.47/5 stars


Trauma, Mental health