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Hiding in Plain Sight: Polyvagal Theory in Contemporary Song Lyrics

Dr. Stephen Porges, the founder of Polyvagal Theory, reveals the principles of this groundbreaking theory as shown in hundreds of contemporary song lyrics.

Stephen Porges, Ph.D.

Polyvagal Theory is a brain-body science that’s helped thousands of therapists make significant breakthroughs with clients suffering the impacts of trauma. And it’s everywhere, all around us, hiding in plain sight.

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Oppositional Defiance or Faulty Neuroception?

Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.

Over the years I have come to believe that oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is not a label that should be used to describe young children. As a developmental psychologist, I view oppositional defiance as a child’s response to stress. Viewing children’s challenging behaviors on a continuum of stress and stress recovery reveals a whole new way to think about this stigmatizing disorder, as well as a new way to support children, informed by neuroscience.

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Wearing Your Heart on Your Face: The Polyvagal Circuit in the Consulting Room

Stephen Porges, Ph.D.

In the interview that follows, Dr. Stephen Porges offers some research-based insights into how therapists can more effectively convey safety to clients and clarifies the evolutionary roots of anxiety, depression, and trauma.

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