Dr. Bessel van der Kolk Demonstrates the Position of Joy

Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D.

As therapists we often leap over what we see and go to inferring what our clients must feel. But when we do that, we miss something tremendously important—the position of the body.

When the body is frozen in a position of terror, it's not possible to feel joy ... BUT in contrast, when the body is in a position of joy and openness, it's not possible to feel terror.

In this free short video, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk demonstrates the Position of Joy and shows you how it changes the way you take in emotions.

Topic: Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry

Tags: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) | Shame | Somatic Interventions | Trauma | Trauma Treatment | Yoga

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017 4:54:15 PM | posted by Hazel Da Silva
Brilliant positioning and so simple for anyone to do (I have an Occupational Therapy background). I love Bessel's humanistic normalizing approach to trauma intervention, as it is so opposite to conventional medicine (use of drugs) and talk psychotherapy, which serves to re-traumatize survivors of trauma.