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Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology. Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal-Informed TherapiesDeborah A.

Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology

Dana, Stephen W. PorgesAdditional information is forthcoming.Play and Creativity in PsychotherapyTerry Marks-Tarlow, Daniel J. Siegel, Marion SolomonExperienced clinicians demonstrate how play and creativity have everything to do with the deepest healing, growth, and personal transformation.MoreThe Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power of Feeling SafeStephen W. Healing the Child Within. In each of us, there is a young, suffering child.

Healing the Child Within

We have all had times of difficulty as children and many of us have experienced trauma. To protect and defend ourselves against future suffering, we often try to forget those painful times. Trauma of life is passed down in SPERM, affecting mental health of future generations. The changes are so strong they can even influence a man's grandchildrenThey make the offspring more prone to conditions like bipolar disorder By Emma Innes Published: 16:29 BST, 23 April 2014 | Updated: 16:42 BST, 23 April 2014 When a man is traumatised changes occur in his sperm which are passed on to his children The children of people who have experienced extremely traumatic events are more likely to develop mental health problems.

Trauma of life is passed down in SPERM, affecting mental health of future generations

And new research shows this is because experiencing trauma leads to changes in the sperm. These changes can cause a man’s children to develop bipolar disorder and are so strong they can even influence the man’s grandchildren. Nieuwetijdskind Magazine. The Holy Simplicity of Sitting with Our Pain. How a Lack of Touch is Destroying Men. In preparing to write about the lack of gentle touch in men’s lives, I right away thought, “I feel confident I can do platonic touch, but I don’t necessarily trust other men to do it.

How a Lack of Touch is Destroying Men

Some guy will do something creepy. They always do”. Quickly on the heels of that thought, I wondered, “Wait a minute, why do I distrust men in particular?” The little voice in my head didn’t say, “I don’t necessarily trust people to not be creepy”, it said, “I don’t trust men”. In American culture, we believe that men can never be entirely trusted in the realm of the physical. There is no corresponding narrative about women. Men need gentle platonic touch in their lives just as much as women do. Touch Isolation. The Incredible Way Your Emotions Are Causing You Physical Pain.

Life can sometimes be an emotional roller coaster.

The Incredible Way Your Emotions Are Causing You Physical Pain

Some days you’re up and some days you’re down. But I was shocked to discover that the emotions you feel and the thoughts you think can have a direct impact on your physical health. According to Dr. Susanne Babbel, a psychologist specializing in trauma and depression writes in Psychology Today, “Studies have shown that chronic pain might not only be caused by physical injury but also by stress and emotional issues.” She goes on, “Often, physical pain functions to warn a person that there is still emotional work to be done.” Is your Birth Experience still affecting you Today?

Just as a seed contains the blueprint for the life of a plant, the creation story of a human has a profound influence on their life.

Is your Birth Experience still affecting you Today?

According to the father of Transpersonal Psychology, Stanislav Grof you are probably more effected by your birth experience than you realize. Grof’s perspective is supported by leading research in the field of pre and perinatal psychology. Sexual Violence Might Reshape the Female Brain. “My independence, natural joy, gentleness and steady lifestyle I had been enjoying became distorted beyond recognition.

Sexual Violence Might Reshape the Female Brain

I became closed off, angry, self-deprecating, tired, irritable, empty.” These chilling words, penned in a letter that a woman known only as “Emily Doe” read aloud in June to her attacker, former Stanford University student Brock Turner, offer a mere glimpse into the emotional devastation left by her rape. For Doe and others among the estimated one in three women who experience sexual violence, the damage can ripple throughout a lifetime. But sexual violence may leave more than just emotional scars: New research suggests sexual violence may change victims’ brains. A recent study published in Scientific Reports found that sexual aggression from older male rats not only boosted the production of stress hormones in pubescent females, but it also disrupted their ability to learn various behaviors, including those needed to care for offspring.

The Biggest Cause of Anxiety and Depression is Traumatic Life Events. By Dr.

The Biggest Cause of Anxiety and Depression is Traumatic Life Events

Joseph Mercola Guest writer for Wake Up World It’s estimated that 1 in 10 U.S. adults struggle with depression [1] and another 40 million have anxiety. It’s quite common, too, for someone with depression to also have anxiety. In fact, close to half of those diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with anxiety.[2] Thordis Elva and Tom Stranger: Our story of rape and reconciliation. It Didn’t Start With You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are. By Mark Wolynn Guest writer for Wake Up World A well-documented feature of trauma, one familiar to many, is our inability to articulate what happens to us.

It Didn’t Start With You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are

We not only lose our words, but something happens with our memory as well. During a traumatic incident, our thought processes become scattered and disorganized in such a way that we no longer recognize the memories as belonging to the original event. Instead, fragments of memory, dispersed as images, body sensations, and words, are stored in our unconscious and can become activated later by anything even remotely reminiscent of the original experience. Sigmund Freud identified this pattern more than one hundred years ago. Thetremorpath. The lifelong cost of burying our traumatic experiences. By Shaoni Bhattacharya Past trauma can mean not feeling fully alive in the present (Image: Stanley Greene/Noor/eyevine) The trauma caused by childhood neglect, sexual or domestic abuse and war wreaks havoc in our bodies, says Bessel van der Kolk in The Body Keeps the Score WHAT has killed more Americans since 2001 than the Afghanistan and Iraq wars?

The lifelong cost of burying our traumatic experiences

And which serious health issue is twice as likely to affect US women as breast cancer? Wat is EMDR? – EMDR. SE Home – Continuing Education – For Mental Health Professionals and Bodyworkers. The Trauma Center at JRI. Padma Aon – Evolutionary catalyst. What it Really Means to Hold Space for Someone. When my Mom was dying, my siblings and I gathered to be with her in her final days. None of us knew anything about supporting someone in her transition out of this life into the next, but we were pretty sure we wanted to keep her at home, so we did. While we supported Mom, we were, in turn, supported by a gifted palliative care nurse, Ann, who came every few days to care for Mom and to talk to us about what we could expect in the coming days.

She taught us how to inject Mom with morphine when she became restless, she offered to do the difficult tasks (like giving Mom a bath), and she gave us only as much information as we needed about what to do with Mom’s body after her spirit had passed. The author with her mother “Take your time,” she said. Ann gave us an incredible gift in those final days. In the two years since then, I’ve often thought about Ann and the important role she played in our lives. Learning to hold space for others What does it mean to “hold space” for someone else?

Wilhelm Reich’s Armoring. Reich's Segmental Armouring Theory - Energetics Institute. Wilhelm Reich was a major contributor to the bodymind sciences of the early 20th century, and is credited as being the key driver of this form of scientific enquiry in the West up until the 1940’s. Reich proposed a model of the human condition that postulated a theory of energy being a primary component of all matter and space, a concept he called the orgone energy. This energy was important for living organisms as in effect it was a “life force”. An Indigenous Approach to Healing Trauma. People have always experienced pain, and in the vast span of time before the colonial expansion of western culture, indigenous cultures weren’t without their methods of dealing with trauma. For centuries we’ve largely ignored the wisdom of those among us who are still directly connected to ancestral ways of knowledge. As our modern lifestyle collides with the fact that our Earth is not capable of supporting our current way of life, we are finally starting to look to those who once lived in a state of indefinite sustainability and abundance, for a way forward.