How Psychotherapy Networker Symposium Presenters Misunderstand Polyvagal Theory

Psychotherapy Symposium Attending the 2013 Psychotherapy Networker Symposium in Washington DC March 22-24, I was very impressed at the number of participants, quality of presentations, and the joyful community spirit that pervaded the event.

I was paying particular attention to how many people were familiar with Polyvagal Theory and its very significant implications for counseling. If I could … more

In Praise of Sports

My great-grandfather John Abercrombie Merritt is in the center of this photo from about 120 years ago. I carry his name. He lived in Pensacola Florida and always attended the World Series, if possible. This led to his wife becoming a Yankees fan because the shopping was better in New York than other turn-of-the-century baseball cities. She transferred that affiliation to me when I was about 8 … more

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
  • 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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