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A Polyvagal Primer

A Three-Part Exercise That Taps Into the Nervous System to Create Safety and Trust

Deb Dana

By Deb Dana - The three elements of our autonomic nervous system—ventral, sympathetic, and dorsal—act as our largely subconscious surveillance system, working in the background to read subtle signals of safety or threat. That’s why I help clients create a clear map of their own autonomic nervous systems, so they become aware of their patterns of response to ease and distress.

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The Polyvagal Circuit in the Consulting Room

An Interview with Stephen Porges

Ryan Howes

As we all learned in school, we have two options in the face of perceived danger: fight or flight. But that was before neuroscientist Stephen Porges undertook his research into the relationship between human physiology and social engagement.

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Rethinking the Autonomic Nervous System

Stephen Porges on a Popular Neuroscientific Misconception

Rich Simon

For decades therapists have been taught that there are two sides of the autonomic nervous system complementing each other. But according to Stephen Porges—developer of the Polyvagal Theory—this teaching is off the mark.

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