Widen the Window

Training your brain and body to thrive during stress and recover from trauma

by Elizabeth Stanley, Bessel van der Kolk

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  • 9781529349801
  • 9781529351293

A pioneering researcher gives us a new understanding of stress and trauma, as well as the tools to heal and thrive.

This groundbreaking book examines the cultural norms that impede resilience in America, especially our collective tendency to disconnect stress from its potentially extreme consequences and override our need to recover. It explains the science of how to direct our attention to perform under stress and recover from trauma.

By directing our attention in particular ways, we can widen the window within which our thinking brain and survival brain work together cooperatively. When we use awareness to regulate our biology this way, we can access our best, uniquely human qualities: our compassion, courage, curiosity, creativity, and connection with others. By building our resilience, we can train ourselves to make wise decisions and access choice - even during times of incredible stress, uncertainty and change.

With stories from men and women Dr Stanley has trained in settings as varied as military bases, healthcare facilities, as well as her own striking experiences with stress and trauma, she gives readers hands-on strategies they can use themselves, whether they want to perform under pressure or heal from traumatic experience, while at the same time pointing our understanding in a new direction.

Foreword by Bessel Van Der Kolk, bestselling author of The Body Keeps the Score.


  • Hodder & Stoughton; September 2019
  • ISBN: 9781529351293
  • Read online, or download in secure ePub format
  • Title: Widen the Window
  • Author: Elizabeth Stanley; Bessel van der Kolk (other)
  • Imprint: Yellow Kite
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9781529349801
  • 9781529351293

About The Author

Elizabeth Stanley, PhD, is an associate professor of security studies at Georgetown University. She is the creator of Mindfulness-based Mind Fitness Training (MMFT), taught to thousands in civilian and military high-stress environments. MMFT research has been featured on 60 Minutes, ABC Evening News, NPR, Time Magazine and many other media outlets. An award-winning author and U.S. Army veteran, she holds degrees from Yale, Harvard, and MIT. She's also is a certified practitioner of Somatic Experiencing, a body-based trauma therapy.