The Delicate Dance Between Loneliness, Solitude, and Polyvagal Theory: A Deeper Understanding
In a world that seems more connected than ever, the concepts of loneliness and solitude are often misunderstood and used interchangeably. It’s crucial to appreciate the subtle yet significant differences between these two experiences to achieve a healthier emotional state. In this blog post, we will explore the distinctions between loneliness and solitude, their impact…
Chronically Threatened: A Polyvagal Approach to ADHD
In this episode of ADHD is over, the host discusses how Polyvagal Theory relates to ADHD with Dr. Porges. This unpacks the Polyvagal approach to ADHD and demonstrates how there is nothing ‘wrong’ with children who have been diagnosed with these so-called mental disorders (ADHD, ODD, Anxiety, Depression etc.). What if all these children were…
Co-Regulation Isn’t Just a Human Thing
This little boy wrote a love-letter to his dog. This is another great example of co-regulation with your fury companion.
Emotions Recognized in Vocalization
Besides speech, people express emotion using rich nonverbal vocalizations—also known as vocal bursts. These include laughs, screams, sighs, and a lot more. We discovered that vocal bursts convey 24 different kinds of emotion. (Cowen et al., 2018, Am Psych)
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,…
What is “Hygge” and why do we see this word everywhere?
Hygge is a special Danish word that is hard to explain and even harder to pronounce. The word Hygge (pronounced ‘hoo –guh’) roughly translates to ‘coziness’. It may be hard to say, but that hasn’t stopped the Danish people to seek out hygge and to understand the longing for connection, contentment, and a feeling of…