My Body Has Been Keeping Score

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I don’t even know how to put into words how incredible this book is for me. It’s clarifying things I’ve known for a long time, and making sense of my chaos.

“Of course we experience our most devastating emotions as gut-wrenching feelings and heart-break. As long as we register emotions primarily in our heads, we can remain pretty much in control, but feeling as if our chest is caving in or we’ve been punched in the gut is unbearable. We’ll do anything to make these awful visceral sensations go away, whether it is clinging desperately to another human being, rendering ourselves insensible with drugs or alcohol, or taking a knife to the skin to replace overwhelming emotions with definable sensations.” p. 76