The autonomic nervous system responds to the challenges of daily life by telling us not what we are, or who we are, but how we are. Once we understand the role of the autonomic nervous system in shaping our lives, we can never again not see the world through that lens.
The goal of the autonomic nervous system is to protect us by sensing safety and risk, listening moment by moment to what is happening in our bodies, in our environments, and in the connections we have with others. Deb Dana is known for translating Polyvagal Theory into a language and application that is both understandable and accessible. This work continues to bring clinicians, therapists and practitioners into the wider polyvagal community.
We also wholeheartedly invite those from non-clinical communities and arenas. Those who are interested in understanding their nervous systems are welcomed to feel safe and not intimidated by the material - and encouraged to become curious to learn more and to begin to see themselves in the science.
Around this site you will find a rich resource of offerings and experiences for everyday curious people. Some useful links: include the free PDF Beginner’s guide to Polyvagal Theory and various other offerings on our Resources page - the audio course Befriending the Nervous System from Sounds True; Conversations with Deb. and her forthcoming book Anchored.
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If you are new to Deb Dana's work then this is one of the best places to dive in and get an insight into her diverse activities. Deb is always happy to be invited for talks and interviews on podcasts and webinars around the world and watching or listening to Deb speaking offers a unique way to understand the landscape of her world.