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Stephen Porges On How Facial Expressions Impact Your Relationships – 247

By Jayson
August 6, 2019

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Are you a caregiver who is on the verge of burnout? What is the difference between the central nervous system and the autonomic nervous system? What happens if I misread a person’s face, especially my partner? Listen to this fascinating interview with Polyvagal theory’s founder, Stephen Porges.

Here are a few of the highlights:

  • (1:45) Episode 116: Polyvagal theory, safety in relationships.
  • (4:26) Why knowing how to read other people matters.
  • (9:50) How our physiology affects how we perceive others, and how others perceive us.
  • (17:50) Arguments from a biological perspective.
  • (20:15) Co-regulation.
  • (25:05) How learning can be affected by a teacher’s physiology.
  • (27:40) Reading an audience when speaking in public.
  • (32:15) DPIR enrollment.
  • (34:10) Difference between the central nervous system and autonomic nervous system.
  • (42:05) How stress affects to our bodies.
  • (50:00) About depression.
  • (55:45) About exercise.
  • (56:50) How taking care of others can impact your life.
  • (1:01:20) Final thoughts.
  • (1:06:40) Action Step.



Stephen Porges


  1. Lisa

    This was brilliant! Love Stephen Porges and always need more PVT clarity! I really got so much out of this hour+ conversation. I loved learning about how the SNS (along with Social Engagement) is our play and excitement mode. Also about the caregiving challenge. Thanks so much for this – will listen again and again as there is SO MUCH packed into this!


      completely agree with you Lisa on all of the above. thank you for listening and sharing your experience =)


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