TU 84: Why Do We Over (or Under) React? The Neurobiological Underpinnings of Attachment Categories

by | Nov 30, 2018 | Attachment, Brain Science, Emotional Intelligence, Episodes, Neuroscience, Polyvagal Theory, Trauma

Show Notes

Neurobiological differences can be detected between secure and insecure relating, and even between the two organized insecure patterns of attachment (Dismissing and Preoccupied)! Cool, huh!?

In this Therapist Uncensored episode, co-hosts and real therapists Dr. Ann Kelley and Sue Marriott LCSW, CGP begin to the question – why are there only 3-4 categories established in the largest body of attachment research given the zillions of different experiences across the globe? We point to the neuroscience behind our attachment strategies that limit our biology in responding to stress and threat.

This is cool because we can understand it and begin to gain mastery over our primitive reactions (& help regulate those close to us – quite a perk!).

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In this episode, TU84, we discuss:

  • What is social engagement and what is the neuroscience behind it?
  • The role of Oxytocin in positive interaction seeking behaviour
  • Discrepancies in how information gets encoded between different partners can lead to difficulties with couples, especially with how future social information is encoded
  • The link between attachment and threat
  • The role of re-appraisal & neuroception
  • The difference between emotional and cognitive mentalization
  • How mentalization looks across the attachment spectrum

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