The Neuroaffective Picture Book: An Illustrated Introduction to Developmental Neuropsychology

The Neuroaffective Picture Book: An Illustrated Introduction to Developmental Neuropsychology


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An illustrated introduction to the evolution and early development of the brain, emotions, and personality

Designed for psychologists, psychotherapists, and childcare professionals, this book is an accessible primer on developmental neuropsychology, combining easy-to-understand text with light-hearted illustrations. Covering topics such as the autonomic nervous system, neuroaffective development, the prefrontal cortex, and the zone of proximal development, The Neuroaffective Picture Book is a unique and useful tool for learning about emotions, social skills, and self-regulation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623172541
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 06/26/2018
Edition description: Illustrate
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 432,857
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 9.98(h) x 0.16(d)

About the Author

MARIANNE BENTZEN is a psychotherapist and trainer who provides trainings throughout Europe, specializing in the ways that neuroaffective personality development - the maturation processes of brain and personality - can inform treatment and interpersonal process work. In Denmark, she works with psychiatric facilities to improve process and case supervision, and consults for mental health organizations internationally. For the past twenty years she has worked closely with psychologist Susan Hart to develop the frameworks of Neuroaffective Developmental Psychology, Personality Development, and Psychotherapy. She is a co-founder of Bodynamic Analysis, she has worked with Peter Levine (Somatic Experiencing) for decades, and she has trained with many other leading figures in the field of body psychotherapy, including Ron Kurtz (Hakomi), Albert Pesso (Psychomotor Training) and David Boadella (Biosynthesis). Bentzen also studies mindfulness and meditation practices under Jes Bertelsen. Her work on neuroaffective development and psychotherapy has been published widely in several languages. Her website is

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Brain, Interaction, and Personality Development 3

Chapter 2 The Zone of Proximal Development 6

Vygotsky's Three Zones 7

Chapter 3 The Evolution and Maturation of the Triune Brain 9

The Neuroaffective Compasses 10

Chapter 4 The Reptilian Brain-The Autonomic Nervous System 12

Maturation of the Reptilian Brain: The Autonomic Sensory Area 16

Navigation and Development with the Autonomic Compass 18

Synchronization in the Sensory Domain: Body Sensing, Mirroring, Resonance, and Regulation 22

Chapter 5 The Old Mammalian Brain-The Limbic System 24

Maturation of the Old Mammalian Brain: The Limbic Emotional Area 27

Navigation and Development with the Limbic-Feeling Compass 32

Attunement in the Emotional Domain: Interpersonal "Chemistry" and Interaction Habits 36

Chapter 6 The Primate Brain and the Prefrontal Cortex 38

Maturation of the Primate Brain: The Prefrontal Mentalizing Area 44

Navigation and Development with the Prefrontal Compass 48

Dialogue in the Mentalizing Domain: Self-Image, Perception of Others, and Reflection 52

Conclusion 54

Resources 55

About the Author 56

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