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The Enchanted Loom reviews Steve Porges' book, The Pocket Guide to The Polyvagal Theory


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Polyvagal Theory for non-academics. Well worth the exploration. It will help you make deep sense of your life.

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The Enchanted Loom reviews Steve Porges' book, The Pocket Guide to The Polyvagal Theory

  1. 1. The Enchanted Loom Teasing sturdy threads from neuroscience masterworks
  2. 2. Teasing 10 threads from Stephen Porges’s …
  3. 3. Thread 1: It is my hope to highlight the important role of feeling safe as an important component of the healing process. From a Polyvagal perspective, deficits in feeling safe form the core biobehavioral feature that leads to mental and physical illness. (pg. XVI
  4. 4. Thread 2: Through the coupling of social engagement with mobilization and immobilization, the three autonomic circuits supply five states associated with different behav- iors: social en- gagement, play, fight/flight, shutdown, and intimacy. (pg. 7)
  5. 5. Thread 3: Interoception describes both conscious feelings and the unconscious monitoring of bodily pro- cesses. In contrast, neuroception occurs outside conscious aware- ness. Interoception occurs after neuroception. (pg. 15)
  6. 6. Thread 4: Universities are not structured to make (students or) faculty feel safe. Universities function consistently with an evaluative model. Evaluative models, when chronic, shift physiology to support defense. (pg. 42)
  7. 7. Thread 5: Polyvagal Theory challenges the parameters that our educational, legal, political, religious, and medical institutions use to define safety. It forces us to question whether society provide suffici- ent and appropriate opportunities to experience safe environ- ments and trusting relationships. (pg. 44)
  8. 8. Thread 6: Safe states are a prerequisite not only for social behavior, but also for accessing the higher brain structures that enable humans to be creative and generative. (pg. 47)
  9. 9. Thread 7: Hospitals are not safe places. If you are admitted to a hospital, there are few places where you could feel safe. Your body ends up in a state that will support defense and not health and restoration. Being in a de- fensive state interferes with recovery. (pg. 85)
  10. 10. Thread 8: Trauma treatment and diagnosis have been focused on the event and not on understanding that an individual’s response to the event is the critical feature. (pg. 112)
  11. 11. Thread 9: We need to understand that when people get triggered into either mobilization defenses or shutting down, they are going to develop elaborate narratives in order to make sense of what their body is doing. These reactions bias our perceptions of the world.(pg. 139)
  12. 12. Thread 10: I suggest clinicians to first empower clients to negotiate safety. And second, to understand the principles of neuroception that enable us to respond differently in safe environments than in dangerous situations. (pg. 112)
  13. 13. Thread 11: Across mammalian species, the most potent stressors appear to be isolation and restraint. (pg. 179)
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