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Polyvagal Theory - Background and Practical Application

Date 04/03/2024

We are all familiar with the two branches of the autonomic nervous system (ANS), the sympathetic (SNS) and the parasysmpathetic (PNS). The SNS is associated with the so-called 'Fight or Flight' and sometimes the PNS is described as being 'the rest and digest' branch of the ANS. Polyvagal theory proposes that the major nerve of the PNS, the vagus, has two distinct functional and structural branches, a dorsal and a ventral. The ventral portion is associated with what is termed social engagement. The dorsal is more primitive - defensive and protective. Stephen Porges, the founder of Polyvagal Theory, has proposed that PTSD and other responses to trauma interfere with the activity of this ventral portion of the PNS.


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