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Polyvagal Therapy Explained

Polyvagal theory is the theory that explores a third type of nervous system response that Porges calls a social engagement system. The Flight/Fight nervous system response has been known and explored in depth for many years, The third response from the Vagal nerve is a mixture of activation and relaxation that operates out of reaction/nerve influence.  When the dorsal vagal nerve shuts down the body, it can move us into immobility or dissociation. This knowledge allows us to better understand responses to stressors, trauma, and experiences of external stimulus which the individual finds overwhelming or threatening.