TU01: Brain Science & Communication

by | Aug 7, 2016 | Attachment, Brain Science, Emotional Intelligence, Episodes, Polyvagal Theory, Relationships

Show Notes


  • This episode is the first of a series of foundational pieces we will provide on relational science and building secure relationships.
  • Thank you for checking out the show!!
  • It has a longer than usual monologue at the beginning but then rolls into the normal 3-way conversation. Hey we are just figuring this stuff out. 🙂
  • Main concept – no matter what your history everyone has the capacity to grow secure relationships and improve their sense of security in themselves
  • There are three specific structures that affect our sense of well-being
  • The prefrontal cortex – functions described in detail
  • The hippocampus
  • The amygdala

Suggestion: Two-sided walk if your amygdala is activated.

  • Walk as far as you want and feel angry and self-righteous. When you get ready and turn around, though, you have to spend the walk back considering the opposing perspective. This engages the PFC.
  • Brain plasticity – this is awesome news!
  • Our brain structure is formed by patterns in behavior, but those patterns can be changed.
  • Knowing that your threat system is activated and seeing our own warning signs allows us to work against responding automatically. It gives us choice, responsiveness.
  • Practicing can physically alter the structure of our brain in a way that permanently helps us.
  • Stay tunes for more episodes on attachment and how to build secure relationships


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