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- Print Length: 271 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (September 5, 2017)
- Publication Date: September 5, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008RSH2G2
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The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology) 1st Edition, Kindle Edition
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- Norman Doidge, MD, author, The Brain That Changes Itself, and The Brain’s Way of Healing
“The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory offers clinicians in-depth practical insights of Stephen Porges’ important Polyvagal framework that illuminate the nature of how our lives are shaped by the intricate structures of the brain in interaction with the social world surrounding us. In this helpful volume are words of wisdom from a caring and brilliant scientist who brings to our work powerful new applications based on careful research and conceptualizations that can transform how we carry out the practice of psychotherapy with a wide range of individuals. ”
- Daniel J. Siegel, MD, Executive Director, Mindsight Institute, author of: Brainstorm, Mindsight, and Mind
“The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory is a landmark work, a lucid scientific explanation of how nurture is the very foundation of our nature. Porges explains how safety and reciprocity are biologically encoded, defining the quality of our lives. Basic safety is essential not only for having satisfying relationships, but also for optimally activating the higher brain structures responsible for creativity and generativity. By the defining the core features of “safety” as consisting of internal visceral sensitivities that define how we deal with threat and approach our surroundings, Porges invites us to revise our focus on safety from fences, metal detectors, and surveillance monitoring, to using the fundamental wiring of our brains, including our voices and our faces, to organize our lives, our families and our institutions. This book shows how most psychiatric problems are expressed in failures of attunement and reciprocity, and, by explaining the biological foundations of reciprocity, provides a guide to innovative methods to gain a sense of safety, mutuality and belonging.”
- Bessel van der Kolk, MD, Medical Director Trauma Center at JRI, Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine, author of NYT bestseller The Body Keeps the Score
“In The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory, Stephen Porges succeeds, as few researchers do, in the art of deconstructing dense scientific concepts to render them wonderfully accessible to clients, clinicians, and the lay person alike. As the subtleties of the Polyvagal Theory are brought to life through the friendly voice of an innovative genius, a new understanding about the influence of the autonomic nervous system on human behavior emerges, along with neurobiological explanations for a variety of difficulties. You will find that many of the perplexing issues that bring clients to therapy suddenly make biological sense, as well as discover the seeds of bottom-up roadmaps for healing them. Read this book, and be inspired by a revolutionary perspective on the human condition that will have a far-reaching positive impact on your life, your relationships, and your clinical practice.”
- Pat Ogden Ph.D., Founder/Educational Director, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, Boulder, Colorado USA
“The Polyvagal Theory is among the most important and comprehensive maps informing clinical trauma therapy. Students of traumatology will be greatly enriched by this recent work. What makes this deep exploration even more engaging are the lively dialogues in which Porges's great body of wisdom becomes even more accessible to all those interested in the search for safety, in the face of threat and trauma.”
- Peter A Levine, PhD, author of Trauma and Memory, Brain and Body in the Search for the Living Past, and In an Unspoken Voice --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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Porges gigantische Leistung, das Autonome Nervensystem in seiner Beziehung zum sozialen Handeln, zum individuellen Fühlen, zu dem, was notwendig ist, um beispielsweise Trauma endlich zu verstehen und daher endlich behandeln zu können, ebenso wie Essstörungen, wird in diesem Buch dem Laien fassbar. Porges hat die zweite entscheidende "Stressreaktion" gefunden. Nachdem jahrzehntelang Stress als Funktion des Sympathischen Nervensystems galt, hat er gezeigt, dass Stress sowohl das Sympathische Nervensystem aktivieren kann - als auch sehr alte Teile des Parasympathischen Nervensystems - je nach Einschätzung des Signals. Er hat gezeigt, warum wir jahrzehntelang sowohl Traumaopfer als auch Essstörungsopfer falsch verstanden haben. Endlich, so beschrieben, dass jeder es versteht.
Das Buch erklärt alles Wichtige dieser Theorie. Warum diese Theorie für das Verständnis von Trauma wichtig ist, sogar entscheidend wichtig. Was Sicherheit für das menschliche Nervensystem, für Fühlen, Denken und Verhalten bedeutet. Warum das Gefühl von Sicherheit unterhalb der Bewusstseinsschwelle hergestellt wird - oder auch nicht - und was das für die Therapie bedeutet.
Es gibt Durchbrüche, die man nicht verpassen darf, wenn man sich in seinem Fachgebiet nicht lächerlich machen will und die Polyvagal-Theorie ist eine davon. Sie wird in zwanzig oder dreißig Jahren als das erkannt worden sein, was sie ist. So wie einst die Einführung der Hygiene die Medizin revolutionierte, ist diese Theorie die Einführung der Hygiene in die Psychotherapie. Wer also Englisch kann, und nicht den Harcore-Weg gehen will, ist hier sehr gut bedient.