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23 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Stephen Porges. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Stephen Porges, often where they are interviewed.

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Polyvagal Theory with Dr. Stephen Porges

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Dr. Stephen Porges joins Rick and Forrest to explore his Polyvagal Theory, which explains how we can use the systems of the body to completely change our relationship with stress. 

About Our Guest: Dr. Stephen Porges is a Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina. In 1994 he proposed the Polyvagal Theory, a theory that links the evolution of the nervous system to social behavior and emphasizes the importance of physiological states in our psychological experiences.

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Key Topics:

1:45: Summary of Polyvagal Theory.

6:00: Evolutionary neuro-biology: the three systems of the body.

15:15: The adaptive nature of the three systems.

19:45: Shutdown, trauma, and constructing a narrative. 

23:00: Challenges of COVID to the social engagement system

28:15: How to intervene in the body.

33:00: Being stuck with problematic people.

35:30: Using the breath and staying calm.

38:00: Co-regulation

42:00: A message to your younger self. 

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Jul 20 2020 · 51mins
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Conversation Reimagined (17) Conversation Reimagined post-pandemic-lockdown with Dr. Stephen Porges

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We all anxiously await returning to society – to life - post-pandemic lockdown. Key word is anxiously. Some are bursting to go play, interact, smile, have fun, and dare I suggest ... hug?! While the others are entrenched in deep anxiousness, trepidation, and fear. I worry ... will nasty reactions to social distancing continue post-lockdown? Will we continue to see extreme reactions? How will we respond? And how might we come to understand these extreme differences? On this week's episode, Dr. Andrea converses with behavioral neuroscientist, Dr. Stephen Porges, who is the creator of the Polyvagal Theory and is an expert on how the brain and body respond to threats of safety, whether in society, the workplace, at home, or conversation. Listen in as Dr. Porges discusses how our nervous system is simultaneously being onslaught by the incompatible demands of avoiding others and connecting with them, and that the resources of human contact we intuitively use to calm, may now signal threat.
May 02 2020 · 58mins
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Stephen Porges on Polyvagal Theory (#106)

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Stephen W. Porges, Ph.D. is a Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University, where he is the founding director of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium within the Kinsey Institute.  He holds the position of Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina and Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland.  He served as president of both the Society for Psychophysiological Research and the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences and is a former recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Development Award.  He has published more than 300 peer reviewed scientific papers across several disciplines including anesthesiology, biomedical engineering, critical care medicine, ergonomics, exercise physiology, gerontology, neurology, neuroscience, obstetrics, pediatrics, psychiatry, psychology, psychometrics, 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 behavior and emphasizes the importance of physiological state in the expression of behavioral problems and psychiatric disorders. The theory is leading to innovative treatments based on insights into the mechanisms mediating symptoms observed in several behavioral, psychiatric, and physical disorders. He is the author of The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-regulation (Norton, 2011), The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe, (Norton, 2017) and co-editor of Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal-Informed Therapies (Norton, 2018). He is the creator of a patented music-based intervention, the Safe and Sound Protocol™, which currently is used by more than 1200 therapists to improve spontaneous social engagement, to reduce hearing sensitivities, and to improve language processing, state regulation, and spontaneous social engagement.

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Mar 25 2020 · 1hr 25mins
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COVID-19 Anxiety, Cultivating Safeness, and Polyvagal Theory with Dr. Stephen Porges

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Stress and anxiety levels are high right now due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus. In this episode, Dr. Stephen Porges offers us a model of our physiology of threat and strategies to boost feelings of safeness, especially with COVID-19 anxiety. Through the lens of Polyvagal theory, Dr. Porges and Diana explore what it means to be human in the face of infectious disease, trauma, and global uncertainty. “To be able to be supportive to those who are around us if they're feeling anxious or uncomfortable, we can't just say to them, ‘forget it, it's not important.’ Polyvagal Theory says our goal, our responsibility, is to support those around us so that they feel safer.”Dr. Stephen Porges Listen and Learn: How Debbie and Diana are responding to current their own COVID-19 anxiety.What “prosocial distancing” is, and how you can participate.Debbie and Diana’s tips for refocusing on values, improving mental health, and maintaining social connection.How the Vagus Nerve regulates our response to stress.The heart-face connection and its role in feeling safe.Why your eyes and voice matter in co-regulating others. How the Polyvagal Theory informs our current understanding of trauma and treatment.The benefits of chanting, singing, and breathing together! Stephen Porges About Dr. Stephen Porges Stephen W. Porges, Ph.D. is a Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University where he is the founding director of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium. He is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina, and Professor Emeritus at both the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland.  He served as president of the Society for Psychophysiological Research and the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences and is a former recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Development Award. He has published more than 300 peer-reviewed papers across several disciplines including anesthesiology, biomedical engineering, critical care medicine, ergonomics, exercise physiology, gerontology, neurology, neuroscience, obstetrics, pediatrics, psychiatry, psychology, psychometrics, 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 behavior and emphasizes the importance of the physiological state in the expression of behavioral problems and psychiatric disorders. The theory is leading to innovative treatments based on insights into the mechanisms mediating symptoms observed in several behavioral, psychiatric, and physical disorders. He is the author of The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-regulation (Norton, 2011), The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe, (Norton, 2017) and co-editor of Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal-Informed Therapies (Norton, 2018).  He is the creator of a music-based intervention, the Safe and Sound Protocol ™, which currently is used by more than 1400 therapists to improve spontaneous social engagement, to reduce hearing sensitivities, and to improve language processing, state regulation, and spontaneous social engagement. Resources: The Safe and Sound Protocol by Stephen PorgesMore information about Stephen Porges Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-regulation by Stephen PorgesThe Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe by Stephen PorgesSanta Barbara Song Circles Facebook group: Community Singing Network of the Central CoastWorldwide Song Circles: singworldwide.org Sponsor:  Praxis Continuing Education ACT BootCamp® Save $50 off registration! Related Psychologists Off The Clock Episodes A Gift For You: Pranayama Breathing MeditationEpisode 44.
Mar 15 2020 · 1hr 4mins
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Episode 4: Safe and Sound Protocol Podcast - Dr Stephen Porges Dec 2019 (Part 1) SSP Development; Early Autism Trials; Autonomic Responses and Trauma.

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In part one, Joanne interviews the originator of the Polyvagal Theory and inventor of the Safe and Sound Protocol - Dr Stephen Porges. Link to Dr Porges website to learn about Polyvagal Theory and related research.
He discusses how he came to develop the Polyvagal Theory based upon his scientific inquisitiveness from being a 12-year-old clarinet student to his university studies and research in the psychophysiology of human interaction. He reviews the essential link between the heart and brain via the Vagus nerve and the resultant expression of physiological state through facial expression. He discusses how the Safe and Sound Protocol is able to operate by "stealth" in changing the function of the Middle Ear Muscles to improve auditory hypersensitivity and social engagement. He discusses the progression and changes that were made in implementation from working originally with autistic children to adults with trauma.

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Jan 20 2020 · 54mins
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72 / What Is The Polyvagal Theory & How Can It Help You Move Forward w/ Dr. Stephen Porges

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Highly stressful situations can lead to an inability to act and respond. These feelings have long-lasting impacts that affect people well afterward. However, as you’ll hear, this is not the result of some inadequacy, but an ancient neurological response.

Stephen Porges, Ph.D. is a distinguished university scientist at Indiana University, professor of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina, and Professor Emeritus at both the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland. With more than 300 peer-reviewed papers, Dr. Porges pioneered the Polyvagal Theory which links the evolution of the mammalian autonomic nervous system to social behavior and emphasizes the importance of the physiological state in the expression of behavioral problems and psychiatric disorders. 

Dr. Porges explains what Polyvagal Theory is and how it relates to all of us on a physiological level. According to this approach, stress has little if anything to do with our physical state, and everything to do with our emotional and psychological wellbeing. We talk about how Polyvagal Theory helps explain a state in between stress and unstress in which we actually disassociate from our surroundings as a result of trauma.

We then talk about how to handle the effects of this neurological response. It may lead to an inability to fully engage with people and feelings of shame and inadequacy. However, proper narrative framing, self-compassion, and even intentional breathing can help to make shifts towards recovery.

How might an understanding of Polyvagal Theory change the way you interact with other people? Let’s talk about it in the comments on the episode page.

 

In this episode
  • How trauma can trigger a reflex that leads to an inability to act
  • The ways that stress and trauma impact future relationships
  • How to cope with the lasting effects of trauma
  • The power of breath for helping to regulate parts of the nervous system
  • Ways to make others feel safe simply by using your voice
  • The link between feelings of safety and creativity
  • Technological innovations that may reduce inflammation of the vagal nerve
  Quotes

“I would say that the nervous system is much more rational in its decision-making properties and we have to be very careful about imposing a simplistic worldview on it and trying to make everything fit that simplicity.” [1:43]

“This whole act of going into immobilization or inability to recruit fight-flight is a powerful reaction that many people have experienced. But once they experience it, they don’t know how to make sense of it.” [9:47]

“Breath is really a wonderful gift because when we manipulate our breathing we can change the tone of our autonomic nervous system. And if we change that tone, even for short periods of time, we can experience the world differently for those moments.” [16:52]

“What we really want is to enable people to be better witnesses of their own body and to become more self-aware and compassionate to respect those bodily feelings.” [48:38]

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Dec 05 2019 · 49mins
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Episode 94: Dr Stephen Porges - Stress, Body States and the Deep Psychology of Systema

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"The types of exercises you do...giving people neural tasks, moving through different physiological states...these are very polyvagal-informed"

This week, a unique discussion with Dr Stephen Porges - distinguished research scientist and global authority on the diagnosis and treatment of traumatic stress.

Among his other accolades, Dr Porges is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina, Professor Emeritus at the Univeristies of Chicago and Maryland, and the author of over 300 papers in subjects ranging from psychology and neuroscience to space medicine and exercise physiology. He is also the creator of the Polyvagal Theory - a theory that links the evolution of the mammalian nervous system to social behavior and physiological states. For those that understand it, this has huge implications for the way we teach and train Systema - particularly for those that come to training following assault, abuse, and other types of trauma.

Here, Dr Porges and Glenn Murphy go deep on:

  • Beyond Fight-or-Flight: the insights of Polyvagal Theory
  • Safety and social engagement vs shutdown and dissociation
  • The impact of Polyvagal Theory on teaching, security, law enforcement
  • The primacy of breathing, body awareness, and movement in changing threat perception and behaviour

In short, we discover that Systema is - in the words of Dr Porges - seriously "Polyvagal-informed"

Find out more about Dr Stephen Porges and his work at https://www.stephenporges.com/

Nov 22 2019 ·
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Dr. Stephen Porges

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Stephen W. Porges is a "Distinguished University Scientist" at the Kinsey Institute, Indiana University Bloomington and professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in North Carolina. Learn more by visiting his website at stephenporges.com.

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Sep 10 2019 · 1hr 10mins
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Dr. Stephen Porges

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Stephen W. Porges is a "Distinguished University Scientist" at the Kinsey Institute, Indiana University Bloomington and professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in North Carolina. Learn more by visiting his website at stephenporges.com.

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Sep 10 2019 · 1hr 9mins
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EP178 - Scientist and Professor of Psychiatry, Dr. Stephen Porges: Understanding Why You Are Who You Are

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Who are you and what makes you whole? Do you have triggers such as sounds or scents that remind you of a familiar feeling? Why do you look at the world the way you do? So many of your questions can be answered by scientist and Professor of Psychiatry, Dr. Stephen Porges, whose current work is unlocking the ways we can see another side of ourselves--our truest form.

Dr. Stephen is a distinguished University scientist at Indiana University where he’s the Founding Director of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium. He's a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina and Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago as well as the University of Maryland. Dr. Stephen has served as president of the Society for Psychophysiological Research and the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences. He’s a former recipient of the National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Development Award.

Dr. Stephen has published more than 300 peer-reviewed articles and in 1994 he first proposed and pioneered the Polyvagal Theory, a theory that links the evolution of the mammalian autonomic nervous system to social behavior and emphasizes the importance of the physiological state in the expression of behavioral problems and psychiatric disorders.

Listen in and learn more about who you are--more now than ever!

Kay Takeaways:

Butterfly effect. Did you know we go through three evolutionary stages directly linked to those of vertebrates? To be clear, mammals are vertebrate and humans are mammals. The correlation between the two is eye-opening on how it affects your physiological state, let alone your health. Your THREE transformative stages are . . . [13:41].

Tranquility zone. Did you know that you have triggers that give you a sense of security? The sounds of certain music or someone’s voice are a couple of them. All your senses slowly drop, as do your defenses. There are simple ways to develop this sense of safety in ourselves and in others, start HERE . . . [25:34].

Connection boost. Did you know there’s no such thing as winning an argument? Once a person becomes physical--such as crossing their arms or retracting in some way--the conversation is over and therefore, the discussion is over. Winning isn’t an option. To strengthen any relationship–work, home, social–give these TWO evaluation methods a try . . . [39:44].

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Sep 03 2019 · 54mins
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