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the Adventures & Treasure of a Stucknaut / SNB117

Updated: Mar 16, 2023


  • In this episode, I discuss the adventures and the treasure of being a Stucknaut!

  • My name is Justin Sunseri.

  • I’m a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist that thinks the world needs a new paradigm for mental health.

  • Welcome to Stuck Not Broken.


But before I get into things -put yourself first. I keep every episode as safe as I can, but just by the nature of the topics, you may experience some stuff come up. Take a break if you need to.

This podcast is not therapy, nor intended to be a replacement for therapy.


  • It’s you. It’s me. It’s the audience of the Stuck Not Broken podcast.

  • It’s those that are interested in PVT and the somatic elements of being human.

  • Last episode was about the general beliefs of being a Stucknaut.


  • Astronauts - space

  • Argonauts - sea

  • Stucknauts - inner world of themselves

    • How their inner world is impacted by external factors, present and past

    • Every Stucknaut exploration is different than others'

    • Common human experiences, sure

      • Learn and share with each other and build

    • In essence, exploring safety and danger, exploring stuck ANS states

      • From past events or lack of events

      • From lack of safety development

    • Lots of peril that may reinforce the stuck state

      • Resulting in flight, fight, shutdown or freeze possibly

      • Past, flashbacks, stuck autonomic states

  • Some known, some not

    • Good chance there is hidden stuff

    • Good chance there is unknown safety

      • Can be vulnerable and scare someone

  • Memories that will be encountered -

    • Episodic

      • Certain events

    • Emotional

      • Present moment that brings up a past event

      • Mammal-universal: surprise, fear, disgust, sadness, joy and curiosity, excitement, gladness and triumph

    • Procedural

      • Especially emergency responses that were thwarted

      • Bracing, contracting, retracting, fighting, fleeing, freezing, setting and maintaining boundaries

      • Organismic

        • Approach or avoid, attraction or repulsion


  • Affect each other

    • People, environment affect internal and vise versa

    • Safe environment means we can go inside

  • Neuroception is the process of this

    • Info from the outside

    • State shift and then info to the outside

  • We do the inner work to affect the outer world

    • Improve relationships

    • Improve work and school

    • Meet goals

  • The Stucknaut is exploring the inner world, but aware of the external and internal


  • Not in this for the riches

  • Goal is safety, connection, inner peace, calm, connection

  • Might look different for all of us individually

    • Shared experiences, shared similarity

  • Change for self

    • Change for family

      • Change for community

    • Inner world first, then the external

  • Individual autonomy in a co-regulative and shared communal world

    • Finding the boundary of themselves and others

  • Co-regulation is helpful and maybe a tool to use in a sense, though we don’t control that and we should not be compelling that imo

    • Work on the internal to become the co-regulator for others

    • Can’t compel others to be what we need

      • That’s not the goal

    • Goal is to be for ourselves what we need


I hope you’ve learned something new to help you climb your polyvagal ladder.

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Joy Potter-Graham
Joy Potter-Graham
Oct 26, 2021

What if we ask someone to co-regulate with us? A trusted person not as stuck? Also, what if our partners (husband,wife) are the ones who continually cause the trauma?

Justin Sunseri, LMFT
Justin Sunseri, LMFT
Oct 26, 2021
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Nothing wrong with that imo. I actually just published an episode today around this. Episode 127.

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