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How To Use Polyvagal Theory To Re-Tune Your Nervous System And Feel Safe Enough To Be Yourself With Dr. Stephen Porges

January 23, 2023

According to Dr. Stephen Porges, Polyvagal theory is about the science of safety and the biology of trust. Your physiology impacts your behavior more than you think and when you feel safe, you are better able to connect with others, be bold, and be free to be yourself. In this episode, Dr. Porges and Diana […]

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According to Dr. Stephen Porges, Polyvagal theory is about the science of safety and the biology of trust. Your physiology impacts your behavior more than you think and when you feel safe, you are better able to connect with others, be bold, and be free to be yourself. In this episode, Dr. Porges and Diana Hill explore everything from how the pandemic re-tuned our nervous systems, to the intersection of ACT and polyvagal theory, chanting, rituals, and religion, and why you should rethink your botox!

Listen and Learn:

  • What are the basics of polyvagal theory?
  • How polyvagal theory extends beyond the anatomy of the vagus nerve
  • How the pandemic re-tuned our nervous systems
  • The impact of COVID on Dr. Porges
  • How we co-regulate cues of safety and danger
  • Why we should titrate our social engagement
  • How music and sound impact our nervous system
  • What Steven Hayes and Stephen Porges are talking about behind the scenes
  • How our eyes, breath, and voice impact the nervous system
  • Three skills to tune up your nervous system after a major stressor like COVID

About Dr. Stephen Porges

Stephen W. Porges, PhD is a distinguished university scientist at Indiana University, where he is the founding director of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium. He is professor of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina and professor emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland. His more than 400 peerreviewed scientific papers, published across several disciplines, have been cited in approximately 48,000 peer-reviewed papers. He holds several patents involved in monitoring and regulating autonomic state and originated the Polyvagal Theory, which emphasizes the importance of physiological state in the expression of behavioral, mental, and health problems related to traumatic experiences. He is the creator of the Polyvagal Theory and a music-based intervention, the Safe and Sound Protocol TM, currently used by more than 2000 therapists to reduce hearing sensitivities, improve language processing, and increase spontaneous social engagement. He is a co-founder of the Polyvagal Institute. He is the author of The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-Regulation, The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe, and Polyvagal Safety: Attachment, Communication, Self-Regulation, and co-editor of Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal-Informed Therapies

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