During these challenging times, it is perhaps helpful to look at how our nervous system has evolved to adapt to challenges and stress.
By way of an example, if we are confronted with a challenge we will use discussion, diplomacy, and physical and facial gestures to resolve it. If this fails and the situation devolves, a fight may ensue or we may simply disengage and leave. If we feel there is no escape, we may simply shut down.
These three states are dynamic, explains Dr. Porges. In switching between the responses, the nervous system will: 1) assess risk; and 2) if it is safe, inhibit the fight, flight or freeze behaviours.
But the question is, Dr. Porges asks, how does the nervous system know when the environment is safe or dangerous?
It does so through “neuroception” – we respond to the “intention of voices,” warm, expressive faces and hand movements. These signals promote a sense of safety. However, in a state of fight/flight or immobilization the ability to decode these cues is reduced.
Dr. Porges is a professor of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He explains his fascinating polyvagal theory in a video you can watch here: https://youtu.be/ec3AUMDjtKQ
 S. Porges, “The polyvagal theory: New insights into adaptive reactions of the autonomic nervous system,” Cleve Clin J Med., 2009. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3108032/
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