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What Happened to You? Audiobook Summary

“[Oprah Winfrey and Bruce D. Perry] are both capable, likable narrators who are sincerely engaged with their subject matter…The performances of these two humanitarians make this a must-hear for anyone recovering from their traumatic past.” — AudioFile Magazine

This program is read by the authors.

Our earliest experiences shape our lives far down the road, and What Happened to You? provides powerful scientific and emotional insights into the behavioral patterns so many of us struggle to understand.

“Through this lens we can build a renewed sense of personal self-worth and ultimately recalibrate our responses to circumstances, situations, and relationships. It is, in other words, the key to reshaping our very lives.”—Oprah Winfrey

This audiobook is going to change the way you see your life.

Have you ever wondered “Why did I do that?” or “Why can’t I just control my behavior?” Others may judge our reactions and think, “What’s wrong with that person?” When questioning our emotions, it’s easy to place the blame on ourselves; holding ourselves and those around us to an impossible standard. It’s time we started asking a different question.

Through deeply personal conversations, Oprah Winfrey and renowned brain and trauma expert Dr. Bruce Perry offer a groundbreaking and profound shift from asking “What’s wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?”

Here, Winfrey shares stories from her own past, understanding through experience the vulnerability that comes from facing trauma and adversity at a young age. In conversation throughout the audiobook, she and Dr. Perry focus on understanding people, behavior, and ourselves. It’s a subtle but profound shift in our approach to trauma, and it’s one that allows us to understand our pasts in order to clear a path to our future—opening the door to resilience and healing in a proven, powerful way.

A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books

What Happened to You? Audiobook Narrator

Bruce D. Perry is the narrator of What Happened to You? audiobook that was written by Oprah Winfrey

About the Author(s) of What Happened to You?

Oprah Winfrey is the author of What Happened to You?

What Happened to You? Full Details

Narrator Bruce D. Perry
Length 8 hours 27 minutes
Author Oprah Winfrey
Publisher Macmillan Audio
Release date April 27, 2021
ISBN 9781250260635


According to Macmillan Audio, the Publisher of What Happened to You? Audiobook, What Happened to You? includes the following subjects: The BISAC Subject Code is Self-Help, Personal Growth, General

Additional info

The imprint is Macmillan Audio. It is supplied by Macmillan Audio. The ISBN-13 is 9781250260635.

Global Availability

This book is only available in the United States.

Goodreads Reviews

Mario the lone bookwolf

January 01, 2022

Possibly one of the best DIY self help, brain fix, auto mind penetration for better, more massive mental reconstruction, books ever written Combining the scientific with the personal emotional to better understand the reasonsOther authors might have just focused on the theoretical, neurochemical, brain architecture, epigenetic traits, etc. way, the just psychiatric psychological foundations, or on personal, emotional examples, but by combining the science and knowledge offered by Perry with the wisdom and real life experiences of Oprah, the book reaches new levels of accessibility to help readers find out how broken they really are. And accepting and understanding what caused years and decades of self doubt, fragility, and mental problems is the key to the solution in the form of a fresh, better, and more stable self. The medical, neurological part of PTSD and trauma manifested and shown with real life examples that might be disturbing and too much for some readersThe above mentioned balance stays perfect throughout the whole book, Perry delivers the understandable, broken down science which is spiced and exponentiated by Opray, who is not getting weaker by opening herself up to what happened to her, but stronger by accepting, forgiving, and thereby creating a positive, better, and healthier self. That´s another key element, not believing that one is this body, emotion, diagnosis, or mind, but that´s it´s just the current, changeable state one can form to whatever kingdom or hell one wants to live in. Including another extremely challenging part, not forgiving, but accepting the perpetrators and the impact they had without triggering flashbacks. The baby makes the child makes the teen makes the adult brain and identity.Understanding that one can get out of her/his skin, break the doom loop, escape the self made mental torture chamber, can just be achieved by reflecting on how the present state of mind has been reached, what made one the person one is. Desillusion of self and ego, something close to enlightenment, might be an a bit too big, unrealistic option for beginners, but the central, most important key element on the way is the same. Accepting that one doesn´t have to be the person, described by adjectives, mindsets, or mainstream psychological traits, one was made and used to be, because change is possible. And just that milestone leads to Healing and an end of sufferingJust by understanding and realizing how miserable one really is, the step towards finally growing scars, on wounds festering for years, can be done. Gratitude, exercise, mindfulness, meditation, Buddhism, perseverance, and discipline are necessary to reach this extremely tricky goal. Social nets and family can help, but the most essential part is to transform and metamorphize from helpless victim or mentally sick and unstable patient who suffers, takes pills, goes to therapy for years, and never dares to dig down to the core of the problems and confront oneself with them, to someone developing auto self repair functions and resilience. Don´t fight or flight, meditate and find inner peaceThe key problem, I found in close to all similar works, is to never understand that an untrained monkey mind is an accelerating self destruction train that is getting more and more momentum by changing neural passways, by deepening all problems by conditioning the personality to more fear, fright, avoiding behavior, and mental problems. While awake, the demons, memories, and injuries keep popping up as they wish to, old associations are mixed with the current life and one doesn´t even want to know what happens while sleeping. Of course, perfected mind control and years of practice are a damned hard challenge, but without that tricky psychological workout, one ends with a different, weaker, far less armored, and save brain and mind. Personal drivelWhat motivates me to reach these therapy, Buddhism, meditation nonfiction works is mostly an egoistic wish to pimp my mind to perfection, because I have the extreme luck of not having real traumatic problems, just the usual WEIRD first world problems with childhood, parents, family, the usual ridiculous stuff when compared to people who suffered real, long time mental, physical, and sexual abuse. Those might find one of the most successful ways to deal with their issues, to find a better way back to a normal life. Because the more I understand how severely my minor mini traumas influence who I was, am, and will be, the more respect I have for people who find ways out of the abysses of things done to them, so terrible that close to all average people wouldn´t find a way back out of the screaming nightmares haunting them.Other great, similar books that are dealing with improving ones´ psychic bodys´ defences: to find in my 0 mental strength shelve.A wiki walk can be as refreshing to the mind as a walk through nature in this completely overrated real life outside books:


May 05, 2021

Audiobook… read by Bruce D. Perry and Oprah Winfrey …..8 hours and 27 minutes“Biologically speaking….continuous trauma can weaken remaining neutral pathways to the thinking part of the brain and strengthen neutral pathways to the survival part, thus bypassing the thinking part, which makes some children less capable of coping with adversity as they grow up”. The terrific duo conversational styling, was enhanced in the audiobook format.“What Happened To You?”rather than “what’s wrong with you?” uncovers interesting scientific findings that directly corresponds to emotional, psychological, or physical trauma. Genuinely eye-opening— ….new understandings about feelings, PTSD, vibration of love, etc. ….revolutionary aspects are discussed- and it makes perfect sense. ….healing possibilities are possible — no matter what the past traumatic situation was. Clearly we are not done learning about mental health. Well researched —a terrific addition to the great books that address worthiness, shame, vulnerability, early childhood trauma and the effects on the brain throughout a persons life……on self-awareness, continued education and guidelines for living wholeheartedly from a peaceful inner world of worthiness. Interesting stories balanced with Scientific Findings. All proceeds from this book are donated to the Boys and Girls Club Mississippi.


May 06, 2021

This should absolutely be required reading for everyone. Why? Because it explains how we don't really know anyone until we know what happened to them. And from that perspective, it gives educators, parents, and really everybody who interacts with humans a new perspective on why we as humans act the way we do.It's easily the best non-clinical book on trauma I've ever read. Definite must read.


May 17, 2022

Imagine you experience trauma. As a result, you will have physical and mental reactions that your body uses to help you get out of the situation. Sometimes this is useful, in many cases it causes new problems. Winfrey and Perry discuss this, giving examples, adding biographical context and explaining the neurological reasons for what is happening. This is not only about trauma resulting from sexual abuse, though there are many references to that as well. Instead, you’ll find examples from situations like kidnapping, shooting, murder, and more. Some of these passages could at times appear a little too long, which happens because Perry, an expert on trauma, gives so detailed examples and explanations. However, what he says is necessary to create the complete picture, and I think this book is one that takes time anyway, so I didn't really mind. There are many references to heartbreaking and serious situations which are used to explain the reasons for how and why people react in certain ways. All in all this was a great book, and the authors manage to tell about rather complex issues in an understandable way. 5 out of 5 stars


May 07, 2021

Man, I really loved this book. It was an incredibly fascinating tour through the way the MIND processes trauma. There was a quote, "we prefer the certainty of misery to the misery of uncertainty", that stuck with me when he said it. He also points out that in trauma, we are not "resilient". We don't bounce back unchanged. We are forever changed. And we have to work hard to readjust and change the lens which has been altered during the traumatic event. We're malleable. Not resilient. I appreciated that. Abuse of any sort changes you. Period. You NEVER see things the same way you did prior. It's learning to change that lens again afterward that is the process of healing. I loved this book a lot. It was a really great listen as I'm on my own journey and I highly recommend it.


May 04, 2021

This should be a required book for everyone.


May 02, 2021

What if we asked “what happened to you?” Instead of “what’s wrong with you?”? What if we heal the generational trauma instead of passing it on to the next generation? This book fabulous! It gave me lots to think about and reminded me to have more grace for myself and others, we are all fighting deep wounds.


April 29, 2021

This is the kind of stuff I read on my day off from doing trauma work. I thought this was an excellent book on trauma and trauma informed care that is accessible to anyone wanting to learn more about trauma work. This was also great to read as someone feeling some intense compassion fatigue these days. It is always a great to have a refresher to help me reframe and refocus my work so that compassion fatigue doesn’t just completely wipe me out. I would recommend this to lay people and even other therapists that need to shift focus work.


June 29, 2021

This book was a real gem. The two authors managed to easily explain concepts and theory in a way that made them clear. I can’t say I really have understood the theories so throughly before. The case examples fit perfectly and made it an engaging read, illuminating what they mean when they talk about trauma concepts. Can’t recommend this book enough.


May 17, 2021

I think everyone who works in a setting with children needs to read this. It really paints the picture of how trauma shapes our actions. It was a little dry in some parts but the message was powerful.

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