Book Review: ‘The Polyvagal Theory’ by Stephen Porges

The Polyvagal Theory, by Stephen Porges
Porges has just published a long-awaited book version of his revolutionary ideas. This book is highly technical and combines many of his articles from scientific journals. Overall I am a bit disappointed as the main points are obscured by the highly technical language. I am hoping for a book entitled, “Polyvagal Theory for Dummies,” but this is not it.

The main points of the Polyvagal Theory are:

  • The … more
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    Book Review: The Polyvagal Theory, by Stephen Porges

    Porges has just published a long-awaited book version of his revolutionary ideas. This book is highly technical and combines many of his articles from scientific journals. Overall I am a bit disappointed as the main points seem to me to be a bit obscure. I am hoping for a book, “Polyvagal Theory for Dummies,” but this is not it.

    The main points of the Polyvagal Theory are:

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    (Download Darwin Slide)

    In the centennial year for Darwin, we were swamped with interesting new biographies and commentary. This note is to give my thoughts on why Darwin is incomplete and is not serving very well as a way to understand human experience.)

  • Darwin’s “natural selection” principle is not confirmed by Embryology. The chimpanzee seems to be morphologically descended from humans, not the other way … more