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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.



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  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!

    • meg@relationshipschool.com

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


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