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Befriending Your Nervous System

Looking Through the Lens of Polyvagal Theory
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It can be incredibly frustrating when your body reacts to situations in ways that you can’t control. But what if you could harness the same mechanisms that cause fear and panic to instead summon peace and spaciousness? In Befriending Your Nervous System, clinician Deb Dana offers practical advice and exercises for engaging with your subconscious nervous system responses for greater wellness and resilience.
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Harness the power of your nervous system to support healthy relationships and personal well-being. 
 
Why is it that when you have a tense conversation with a boss, coworker, or partner, you feel like you’re staring down a charging rhinoceros? How is it that both situations cause a fight-or-flight response—and what can you learn from it?
 
As it turns out, the same neurological processes that cause unwanted stress can also be harnessed to summon relaxation, spaciousness, and equanimity. In Befriending Your Nervous System, clinician Deb Dana presents a simple, hopeful message: when you approach these subconscious processes with openness, mindful attention, and—above all—curiosity, you can gain the understanding necessary to shape their outcomes. Dana draws from the recent explosion of research in Polyvagal Theory, which posits that our most hardwired survival responses are regulated by the vagus nerve and can be consciously regulated through repeated exercises.
 
Here, you will learn:

  • How to interpret the subtle language of the nervous system
  • Present-moment awareness and the mechanics of choice
  • Your personal “protection-connection” equation
  • How to cultivate and savor positive nervous states
  • Why it’s paramount that you examine your internalized stories about the world
  • How to discover the stillness available in every moment
  • What actually nourishes your autonomic nervous system
  • The continuum of resilience
  • T­­he process of reciprocity, rupture, and repair
  • How to recognize physical cues of both safety and danger
Dana teaches how to work with the body’s innate ability to pick up social signals and cultivate “micro-moments” of safety, retraining your automatic responses to stress, conflict, and hardship. Including in-depth practices such as guided imagery, meditation, and ongoing self-inquiry, Befriending Your Nervous System offers a practical user’s manual for anyone seeking greater wellness, self-awareness, and emotional resilience.
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Contents 10 CDs (8 hours, 24 minutes) Audio Download (8 hours, 24 minutes)
Filetypes MP3, ZIP, PDF
Dimensions 6 7/8 x 6 5/8 inches
Product Code AF05911D AF05911W
ISBN Number 978-1-68364-461-3 978-1-68364-462-0
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Deb Dana

About Deb Dana

Deb Dana, LCSW, is a clinician and consultant specializing in using the lens of Polyvagal Theory to understand and resolve the impact of trauma and create ways of working that honor the role of the autonomic nervous system. She developed the Rhythm of Regulation Clinical Training Series and lectures internationally on ways Polyvagal Theory informs work with trauma survivors. She is a founding member of the Polyvagal Institute, clinical advisor to Khiron Clinics, and an advisor to Unyte. Deb’s clinical publications include The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy: Engaging the Rhythm of Regulation and the Polyvagal Flip Chart.

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Reviewed by Mike T.
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Feels like an experienced, warm and insightful counsellor is personally guiding you

This came with high recommendation and exceeded them. Wonderful balance of neuroscience and polyvagal theory on one hand with empathic and pastoral insight and care on the other. Exquisitely paced and sequenced and the exercises are empowering. Also the recording is excellent, and gentle. My only trouble has been with the online listening platform not keeping my place as automatically as say audible. But that’s easily worked around. Thank you so much Deb Dana !

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Reviewed by Sarah B.
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Life-changing course

A really useful course both conceptually and practically. The clear and comprehensive explanations of the polyvagal theory helped me to fully understand my nervous system. The practices helped me better understand myself and improve my mental and physical well-being.

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Reviewed by ingrid j.
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Befriending

Very instructive.

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Reviewed by Sharon B.
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Practical and inspiring

There is power in understanding how the nervous system underlies thoughts, feelings and responses. Deb is a genius in unraveling a complex topic in a simple, usable way. I use what I learned in this course every day!

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