The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe

The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe

by Stephen W. Porges

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The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe by Stephen W. Porges

Bridging the gap between research, science, and the therapy room.
When The Polyvagal Theory was published in 2011, it took the therapeutic world by storm, bringing Stephen Porges’s insights about the autonomic nervous system to a clinical audience interested in understanding trauma, anxiety, depression and other mental health issues. The book made accessible to clinicians and other professionals a polyvagal perspective that provided new concepts and insights for understanding human behavior. The perspective placed an emphasis on the important link between psychological experiences and physical manifestations in the body. That book was brilliant but also quite challenging to read for some.
Since publication of that book, Stephen Porges has been urged to make these ideas more accessible and The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory is the result. Constructs and concepts embedded in polyvagal theory are explained conversationally in The Pocket Guide and there is an introductory chapter which discusses the science and the scientific culture in which polyvagal theory was originally developed. Publication of this work enables Stephen Porges to expand the meaning and clinical relevance of this groundbreaking theory.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393707878
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Series: Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 106,564
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Stephen W. Porges, PhD,is Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University, where he directs the Trauma Research Center within the Kinsey Institute. He holds the position of Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina and Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland. He served as president of both the Society for Psychophysiological Research and the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences and is a former recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Development Award. He has published more than 250 peer-reviewed scientific papers across several disciplines including anaesthesiology, biomedical engineering, critical care medicine, ergonomics, exercise physiology, gerontology, neurology, neuroscience, obstetrics, pediatrics, psychiatry, psychology, psychometrics, space medicine, and substance abuse. In 1994 he proposed the Polyvagal Theory, a theory that links the evolution of the mammalian autonomic nervous system to social behavior and emphasizes the importance of physiological state in the expression of behavioral problems and psychiatric disorders. The theory is leading to innovative treatments based on insights into the mechanisms mediating symptoms observed in several behavioral, psychiatric, and physical disorders.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface xiii

Glossary 1

1 The Neurobiology of Feeling Safe 33

2 Polyvagal Theory and the Treatment of Trauma 53

3 Self-Regulation and Social Engagement 97

4 How Polyvagal Theory Explains the Consequences of Trauma on Brain, Body, and Behavior 127

5 Cues of Safety, Health, and Polyvagal Theory 169

6 The Future of Trauma Therapy: A Polyvagal Perspective 199

7 Somatic Perspectives on Psychotherapy 215

References 245

Credits 253

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