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What is The Polyvagal Theory?

Polyvagal Theory emphasizes the role the autonomic nervous system - especially the vagus nerve - plays in regulating our health and behavior. Created and developed by Stephen Porges, PhD, the theory describes the physiological/psychological states which underlie our daily behavior as well as challenges related to our wellness and mental health. By applying Polyvagal Theory to our personal lives as well as to disciplines such as medicine, education, and management, we can understand how safety, co-regulation, and connection are paramount to a healthy human experience.

Polyvagal Theory in 60 Seconds

We challenged some of our most passionate and well-trained friends of Polyvagal Institute to define Polyvagal Theory in their own words in 20 seconds or less. Here's what they had to say...