068 | The Nervous System & the Polyvagal Theory – Justin Sunseri

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Today’s topic - The Nervous System & the Polyvagal Theory - has been on my wish list for a long time and I am thrilled to have Justin Sunseri as my guest. He is a true expert on this.

The Polyvagal Theory talks about 3 neural pathways. This gives us the ability to socially engage when we feel safe or to mobilize or immobilize when we feel danger. The vagus nerve is the highway the three neural pathways utilize. Each one is part of the autonomic nervous system. 

By the end of this episode, you will have a good understanding of the Polyvagal Theory. There is a lot to learn and this is an amazing start. 

Justin and I talk about the Autonomic Nervous System and the Autonomic State. Right at the beginning he gives us a very understandable and personal example of Neuroception and brings us, based on this example, the different states closer. We talk about how the story follows the state and what the Polyvagal ladder is. 

We also talk about Anchors, Self- and Co-regulation as well as the connection to Trauma. 

Get ready, Justin shares a lot of amazing info with us. 

This is how Justin describes himself - father of 2, husband to 1, coffee 2x/day, amateur designer, 49er Faithful, Seinfeld nerd. Justin’s mission is to change how you understand mental health fundamentally. He wants to reduce the need for psychological concepts like "ego," "shadow" and "parts." And he wants to increase your direct experience of yourself: somatically, emotionally, cognitively, and behaviorally.

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