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Polyvagal theory and the nervous system

Have you ever had or observed an experience where a behaviour response came out of nowhere and was something that couldn’t be controlled consciously?

In 1995 Dr Stephen Porges presented Polyvagal Theory, an important breakthrough and new knowledge of of how the vagus system interacts with the autonomic nervous system and modulates parasympathetic activation for thriving or surviving through a visceral (internal and unconscious), physiological response.   

To clarify the difference between perception and the body’s visceral response, in 2004, Dr Porges presented the term ‘neuroception’ as the body’s unconscious visceral interpretation of the environment to thrive or survive.  

Perception as we know it facilitates the nervous systems response of rest and digest or fight/flight through information received from our senses via our spinal cord to the brain and body.  Neuroception occurs internally and unconsciously facilitating an unconscious, physiological response that may influence feeling calm, connected and social, mobilized (fight/flight/avoidance) or immobilized (shut down/disassociated).