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This demonstrates the numerous ways of integrating the theory into practice with clients as well as our own lives. I learned much from the different stories of how each therapist put their own spin or interpretation of how to best connect with their clients. My personal favorites were the therapist simply tells their own story, however the authors who felt inclined to fill in with quoting research journals left me feeling cold or indifferent. Their stories lacked the human touch for me. As a mental health therapist who is on the Autism Spectrum the Polyvagal Theory finally explains why I relate to the world in the way I do.
The various chapters do a good job of explaining polyvagal theory (Porges has his own chapter about 4 chapters in) but the applications were very varied beyond psychology. There are chapters on applications within medicine, nursing, and veterinary medicine that I did not find applicable.
'Neurobiology of trauma' has given therapists a revolutionary new way to imagine the injury caused by violent trauma - so we can finally stop "blaming the victim" for what happened to them - they tend to suffer tremendously from faulty thinking, as if it was somehow their choice to faint or freeze, fight or run. The brain's initial response, "the neuroception of danger" is MUCH faster than the conscious mind ! Now, we can learn to recognize the cues and apply small, physiological movement to counterbalance the brain's initial, ancient response! Life-changing info. Seems to go well with "Theratapper" treatment for ptsd (aka 2nd-gen EMDR) too. I'm a believer!
This book shows how clinicians of varied backgrounds are using Polyvagal theory in their approach to life and therapy. It is making it easier for me to understand the theory when otherwise the technical details can be too much for me. I find it inspiring and validating. It is giving me fresh eyes to look at myself and my relationships. I don't think you have to be an active therapist to find value in this book.