The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog Analysis

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Upon introduction, this book was instantly intriguing. The title itself gives the reader a feeling of wonderment that allows the mind to wonder about what strange tales the text might contain. Yet, as the reader will soon find out, the stories invoke wonder as well as heartbreak. “The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog” is a collection of stories and journal entries written mainly by a psychiatrist by the name of Bruce D. Perry. He began working with children in the the early 90s, and as he did so, he realized that the world had yet to understand the incredible needs of young, developing children. Thus, he was moved to continually write in his journal; to jot down any new concept, idea, or way of thinking that could ultimately improve the lives of neglected or abused children. These are his findings. Bruce Perry was, at first, just as ignorant as the rest of his coworkers to the needs of developing children. The was a popular phrase among the adults of that era, “children are resilient.” Perry had always found this statement to be unnerving; he believed that there was evidence to support the fact that, while PTSD was now being recognised as a common ailment among adults, it could not be attributed to children with the same high levels of stress. Soon after he began to work with children, he immediately realized his suspicions were correct. Over and over again he was directed towards children who had been neglected and/or abused during early childhood who could no longer function at
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