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Bridging the gap between research, science, and the therapy room.

When The Polyvagal Theory was published in 2011, it took the therapeutic world by storm, bringing Stephen Porges’s insights about the autonomic nervous system to a clinical audience interested in understanding trauma, anxiety, depression and other mental health issues. The book made accessible to clinicians and other professionals a polyvagal perspective that provided new concepts and insights for understanding human behavior. The perspective placed an emphasis on the important link between psychological experiences and physical manifestations in the body. That book was brilliant but also quite challenging to read for some.

Since publication of that book, Stephen Porges has been urged to make these ideas more accessible and The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory is the result. Constructs and concepts embedded in polyvagal theory are explained conversationally in The Pocket Guide and there is an introductory chapter which discusses the science and the scientific culture in which polyvagal theory was originally developed. Publication of this work enables Stephen Porges to expand the meaning and clinical relevance of this groundbreaking theory. ---

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"For an introduction to the theory and to Stephen Porges. . . I encourage you to read this book. [A] remarkable book."
Psych Central

"Stephen Porges PhD has not only made one of the most profound and illuminating contributions to our understanding of nervous system in the last 50 years―he’s made one of the most useful ones. Anyone who works with people, or who seeks to heal others, can benefit from his insights. Porges has helped cracked the facial code, and deepened our understanding as to the relationships between our nervous system, our facial expressions and bodily sensations. There has been brilliant work on the relationship between facial expressions and the emotions by Darwin and Ekman. Porges extends these discoveries inward, relating them to the nervous system. What is so special about his contribution, is that it is of immediate clinical import. His principles and discoveries guide us as to how, and when, to intervene in some of the most challenging clinical conditions, and opens up new kinds of treatment possibilities. For decades he’s written as a scientist for scientists. Now, in this clear, accessible book, which is an ideal introduction to his ideas, we see what it is like to be in conversation with this brilliant man. This is ideal for clinicians of any kind, but also for anyone who wants to better understand their own nervous system, and that of those they care about. "
Norman Doidge, MD, author, The Brain That Changes Itself, and The Brain’s Way of Healing

" The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory offers clinicians in-depth practical insights of Stephen Porges’ important Polyvagal framework that illuminate the nature of how our lives are shaped by the intricate structures of the brain in interaction with the social world surrounding us. In this helpful volume are words of wisdom from a caring and brilliant scientist who brings to our work powerful new applications based on careful research and conceptualizations that can transform how we carry out the practice of psychotherapy with a wide range of individuals. "
Daniel J. Siegel, MD, Executive Director, Mindsight Institute, author of: Brainstorm, Mindsight, and Mind

" The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory is a landmark work, a lucid scientific explanation of how nurture is the very foundation of our nature. Porges explains how safety and reciprocity are biologically encoded, defining the quality of our lives. Basic safety is essential not only for having satisfying relationships, but also for optimally activating the higher brain structures responsible for creativity and generativity. By the defining the core features of “safety” as consisting of internal visceral sensitivities that define how we deal with threat and approach our surroundings, Porges invites us to revise our focus on safety from fences, metal detectors, and surveillance monitoring, to using the fundamental wiring of our brains, including our voices and our faces, to organize our lives, our families and our institutions. This book shows how most psychiatric problems are expressed in failures of attunement and reciprocity, and, by explaining the biological foundations of reciprocity, provides a guide to innovative methods to gain a sense of safety, mutuality and belonging."
Bessel van der Kolk, MD, Medical Director Trauma Center at JRI, Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine, author of NYT bestseller The Body Keeps the Score

"In The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory, Stephen Porges succeeds, as few researchers do, in the art of deconstructing dense scientific concepts to render them wonderfully accessible to clients, clinicians, and the lay person alike. As the subtleties of the Polyvagal Theory are brought to life through the friendly voice of an innovative genius, a new understanding about the influence of the autonomic nervous system on human behavior emerges, along with neurobiological explanations for a variety of difficulties. You will find that many of the perplexing issues that bring clients to therapy suddenly make biological sense, as well as discover the seeds of bottom-up roadmaps for healing them. Read this book, and be inspired by a revolutionary perspective on the human condition that will have a far-reaching positive impact on your life, your relationships, and your clinical practice."
Pat Ogden Ph.D., Founder/Educational Director, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, Boulder, Colorado USA

"The Polyvagal Theory is among the most important and comprehensive maps informing clinical trauma therapy. Students of traumatology will be greatly enriched by this recent work. What makes this deep exploration even more engaging are the lively dialogues in which Porges''s great body of wisdom becomes even more accessible to all those interested in the search for safety, in the face of threat and trauma."
Peter A Levine, PhD, author of Trauma and Memory, Brain and Body in the Search for the Living Past, and In an Unspoken Voice

About the Author

Stephen W. Porges, PhD, originator of polyvagal theory, is a Distinguished University Scientist and the founding director of the Kinsey Institute Traumatic Stress Research Consortium at Indiana University, and is also a professor of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina and a co-founder of the Polyvagal Institute. He lives in Atlantic Beach, Florida.

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J. H. McRae
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Forever Grateful To Dr. Porges, His Safe And Sound Protocol Has Been LIFE CHANGING!!
Reviewed in the United States on April 22, 2018
I am forever grateful for Dr. Porges and all the work he has done that lead him to develop the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP). The therapy has been completely LIFE CHANGING for my son! My son has experienced complex developmental trauma and we were told by every... See more
I am forever grateful for Dr. Porges and all the work he has done that lead him to develop the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP). The therapy has been completely LIFE CHANGING for my son! My son has experienced complex developmental trauma and we were told by every professional to expect and look into residential treatment facilities. He used to be in a pretty constant state of fight or flight. This looked like extreme aggression, little to no emotional regulation, extreme non compliance along with being extremely hyperactive and impulsive. The diagnoses my son has are MANY and now no one would ever believe he has any of them. We now have a pretty typical little guy who is able to regulate his emotions, talk about his feelings, process the world around him and he is HAPPY. I highly recommend this book and if you know someone with PTSD, attachment disorders, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, ASD, SPD or anxiety... I hope you will research the SSP and what it could potentially do to help. There is a group on Facebook where I share my son''s story and others are also trying the SSP and sharing their experiences, it is a great forum... just search Safe and Sound Protocol on Facebook if you would like to read detailed experiences.
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Nancy L. Ivey
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he is very easy to understand
Reviewed in the United States on January 30, 2018
Life Changing. Dr. Stephen Porges should be awarded the Nobel Prize for his work in developing the Polyvagal Theory which describes the hierarchical evolution of a third aspect of our autonomic nervous system: the sympathetic, parasympathetic and social engagement systems.... See more
Life Changing. Dr. Stephen Porges should be awarded the Nobel Prize for his work in developing the Polyvagal Theory which describes the hierarchical evolution of a third aspect of our autonomic nervous system: the sympathetic, parasympathetic and social engagement systems. This goes back to phylogeny or the development of mammals who need other mammals to survive. The theory is complicated and the original tome Porges wrote introduced the theory for other scientists. But psychologists and especially those treating trauma realized the impact of this polyvagal hierarchy to help patients and asked Dr. Porges to write about his Polyvagal Theory in the same way that he speaks about it which, if you see him talk, he is very easy to understand. To share his work with the world at large Porges offers this Pocket Guide which is a series of interviews conducted by psychologist Ruth Buzynski, and nuanced by its shimmering subtitle, The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe. Worth its weight in gold. Thankyou Dr. Porges. Your work is incredibly enlightening and illuminating and you are a luminous luminary. We are all better for learning and applying his work.
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Lily Koi
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A bit repetitive, but the information is life changing!
Reviewed in the United States on August 10, 2018
This book is a transcript of a series of talks/interviews. There is a lot of repetitive information, though it is great information. I would like to read a book where the theory is more thoroughly and completely outlined. That said, Poly Vagal Theory is life changing for... See more
This book is a transcript of a series of talks/interviews. There is a lot of repetitive information, though it is great information. I would like to read a book where the theory is more thoroughly and completely outlined. That said, Poly Vagal Theory is life changing for those of us who have experienced trauma or work with trauma survivors. I understand myself and others so much better after reading this.
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Christina A. Pann
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Good read, but has a major flaw that really tired me off.
Reviewed in the United States on July 7, 2019
overall, I enjoyed the book and got a lot out of it. But there was apart of me that started to tune out after reading about his experience getting an MRI. He said specifically that his reaction to getting the MRI was involuntary, which I understand and agree, and when asked... See more
overall, I enjoyed the book and got a lot out of it. But there was apart of me that started to tune out after reading about his experience getting an MRI. He said specifically that his reaction to getting the MRI was involuntary, which I understand and agree, and when asked if he could talk his way out of that kind of extreme response, he said no. He said that he now has to take medication in order to get an MRI. I think this is very poorly stated, and more of an individual experience rather than an overall rule. Everyday people use exposure therapy to overcome things that once created an intense physiological response in them. Whether it be going in an elevator, an MRI machine, or walking into a grocery store- affirmative self talk, deep breathing, and repeated exposures with positive outcomes can change your bodies repose to that thing. It''s as if he is saying that someone who involuntarily panics every time the see a cat because there body associates cats with some kind of abuse needs to avoid all cats forever or take medication every time they think they will encounter a cat. I mean come on....
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Karnivore Kurt
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Intriguing Theory
Reviewed in the United States on January 29, 2018
Really interested discussion that really opened my eyes to how important human to human engagement is in how our nervous system operates. Porges speaks with a tone of clear authority on the topic and the dialogue and repetition really help bring home the theory and make it... See more
Really interested discussion that really opened my eyes to how important human to human engagement is in how our nervous system operates. Porges speaks with a tone of clear authority on the topic and the dialogue and repetition really help bring home the theory and make it clearer for us less "scientific" readers to digest. A very intriguing theory with a lot of potential to heal and better understand yourself in the realm of your nervous system.
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Mizz B
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Completely transcends traditional curriculm approaches to Special Education because it avoids the perpetuating standard models.
Reviewed in the United States on July 17, 2018
I received this book as a duplicate order and planned to return it. Once I talked with a colleague about it he became so interested in the polyvagal theory he offered to buy it. It so much easier to use this Guide for discussion groups than the complete text of the theory.... See more
I received this book as a duplicate order and planned to return it. Once I talked with a colleague about it he became so interested in the polyvagal theory he offered to buy it. It so much easier to use this Guide for discussion groups than the complete text of the theory. Although I can not judge fairly since I am on the third reading of the Theory itself. I understand the different views and applications adopted by others in the Guide. Concepts I struggle with in the research framework became much clearer in discussion. I find it particular useful it developing course work for Special IEPs and lesson plans. I am very glad I didn''t return it.
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carlos e giraldo vanegas
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Amazing book
Reviewed in the United States on December 14, 2017
As a internal medicine physician who deals with the consequences of trauma on health status this is a great source to understand my my patients and to direct them to a healing pathway.
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Cherie R. Kibblesmith
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I have recommend this book to friends
Reviewed in the United States on November 10, 2017
I have just started reading this book but I am already hooked and have recommended it to several of my friends. I have found the information very interesting and I''m hoping as I get deeper into the book that it will help me to resolve some of my life long issues.
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Busy mum
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An important read for trauma therapists, counsellors, psychologists, anyone wanting to understand themselves better!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 8, 2017
I have not finished reading this book but am already very impressed with how it explains Polyvagal theory. There is a clear glossary of terms used at the start of the book as there are many anatomical and physiological terms used through out the book. The main body of the...See more
I have not finished reading this book but am already very impressed with how it explains Polyvagal theory. There is a clear glossary of terms used at the start of the book as there are many anatomical and physiological terms used through out the book. The main body of the book is written as a series of conversations with other academic clinicians interested in the theory. This seems to cause some repetition through the book but this helped to reinforce understanding for me. As a retired health care practitioner reinventing myself it has been a very refreshing read...breathing new life into my anatomy learning from 30 years ago. The cranial nerves loomed large in my training as a dentist so this is not unfamiliar territory for me but certainly refreshing new ideas for the future of mental and physical health care. Thank you so much Stephen Porges :)
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Enables Further Understanding For Those Who Experienced Trauma
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 20, 2018
Interesting additional research - understanding, to implication of trauma and suffering, and how it affects-damages the brain & body so that individuals can feel empowered into feeling and understanding the affects of environments and the people/activity therein and that`s...See more
Interesting additional research - understanding, to implication of trauma and suffering, and how it affects-damages the brain & body so that individuals can feel empowered into feeling and understanding the affects of environments and the people/activity therein and that`s why they are experiencing symptoms of trauma. Also one has to feel safe in environments to thrive. Polyvagal Theory focuses on the vagus nerve, the primary component of the parasympathetic nervous system and how it can be affected. Good in depth read and enlightenment-help for those who can understand bodily-mind mechanism and implications for the human condition.
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Chris F
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Groundbreaking stuff
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 15, 2019
I''ve been following PVT for the last few years and went to a two day workshop with Stephen Porges earlier this year. Anyone with an interest in trauma, neuroscience, human behaviour or psychology should read this. Highly recommended.
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Clearly a seminal book but heavy going and I’m used ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 22, 2018
Clearly a seminal book but heavy going and I’m used to grappling with dense academic tomes! As a result I fear I won’t be referencing it as much as I’d imagined
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Definitely worthwhile addition to your bookshelf
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 12, 2018
Good book well written Not particularly easy reading very informative
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