The Love Code provides a metaphor to explore the neural mechanisms underlying how and why we attach, bond, fall in love and seek out safe and trusted others in an unsafe world. This presentation will explore the body's need for intimate engagement and social bonding from an adaptive perspective. Within the theoretical context of the Polyvagal Theory, the presentation will illustrate how specific features in our social environment may trigger neurophysiological systems, through a process of “neuroception” that enables us either to be fearful and disengage or to feel safe and enter enduring intimate relations.
- Demonstrate a foundational understanding of the Polyvagal Theory.
- Discuss how deficits in the regulation of the social engagement system are core features of several psychiatric disorders.
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Stephen Porges, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina. He is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he directed the Brain-Body Centre, and at the University of Maryland, where he chaired the Department of Human Development and directed the Institute for Child Study. He served as president of the Society for Psychophysiological Research and the Federation of Behavioural, Psychological, and Cognitive Sciences. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed scientific papers across several disciplines including paediatrics, psychiatry, psychology, space medicine, and substance abuse. In 1994 he proposed the Polyvagal Theory, a theory that links the evolution of the mammalian autonomic nervous system to social behaviour and emphasizes the importance of physiological state in the expression of psychiatric disorders. He is the author of The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological Foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-regulation (Norton, 2011).
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Individual Training Pack CPD 1 hour – £22.50