Being Well with Dr. Rick and Forrest Hanson

Polyvagal Theory with Dr. Stephen Porges

Episode Summary

Dr. Stephen Porges joins Rick and Forrest to explore his Polyvagal Theory, which explains how we can use the systems of the body to completely change our relationship with stress.

Episode Notes

Dr. Stephen Porges joins Rick and Forrest to explore his Polyvagal Theory, which explains how we can use the systems of the body to completely change our relationship with stress. 

About Our Guest: Dr. Stephen Porges is a Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina. In 1994 he proposed the Polyvagal Theory, a theory that links the evolution of the nervous system to social behavior and emphasizes the importance of physiological states in our psychological experiences.

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Key Topics:

1:45: Summary of Polyvagal Theory.

6:00: Evolutionary neuro-biology: the three systems of the body.

15:15: The adaptive nature of the three systems.

19:45: Shutdown, trauma, and constructing a narrative. 

23:00: Challenges of COVID to the social engagement system

28:15: How to intervene in the body.

33:00: Being stuck with problematic people.

35:30: Using the breath and staying calm.

38:00: Co-regulation

42:00: A message to your younger self. 

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