New science has shown us that the activity of our autonomic nervous system, in any given moment, is the grounding for our lived experience in that moment. The Polyvagal Theory describes the constant scanning for danger and safety that is nervous system’s critical role in survival, and the signaling to body systems to regulate according to the threat or safety detected.
When threat is detected, the system activates for fight or for flight, and routes all available resources to meeting the threat. If that threat overwhelms the system’s capacity, it collapses into a resource-conserving shut-down state. Anywhere along this continuum of […]