Being Well Podcast: Polyvagal Theory with Stephen Porges

Being Well Podcast: Polyvagal Theory with Stephen Porges

Dr. Stephen Porges, a legend in his field, 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.

Safe and Sound: Dr. Porges’ Safe and Sound Protocol is a five-hour auditory intervention designed to reduce stress and auditory sensitivity while enhancing social engagement and resilience. It’s based on the Polyvagal Theory, and is a research-based therapy that’s shown some remarkable results. Check it out through the link. 

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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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