Stephen Porges on Mindfulness & co-regulation

“The whole history of the study of mental and psychological processes has been so focused on the individual’s responses, yet the individual’s responses are being framed and interacting through a connectedness with others.” The Polyvagal theory developed by Stephen Porges “forces an attention away from the individual to the individual within context.” In this context, mindful self-regulation may be better described as co-regulation. This far-ranging conversation also touches on the importance of listening to others and to our own bodily feelings, how we deal with threat and find safety.

You can listen to the full conversation or download a PDF transcript here.

Nancy Rubbico, LMHC

Nancy Rubbico’s mission is to make Polyvagal Theory accessible to all through her work with the Bocas Method. Her goal is to uplift and transform lives by fostering a deep understanding of the nervous system and its impact on behavior. With this understanding, individuals can be empowered to communicate more effectively, increase awareness of their choices, create satisfying connections, access more curiosity and openness, and increase their sense of compassion to overcome difficult situations. Interactions will be more effective and enriching.

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