Safety & Social Engagement / episode 2 Show Notes

Updated: Mar 28


SAFETY & SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT

EPISODE 2 SHOW NOTES

  • Ventral Vagal

  • Parasympathetic Autonomic Nervous system

  • newest evolutionary branch

HEALTH & SAFETY

  • The Safe & Social State means the body can facilitate health, growth and restoration, instead of using resources for defense

  • Survivors of trauma have higher rates of other problems because they are redirecting necessary resources: social, emotional and behavior problems, shorter life span, suicidality, diabetes, heart disease, lung cancer, autoimmune diseases

BIOLOGY OF SAFETY

  • Saliva and digestion are stimulated

  • Heart rate slows

  • Full breaths

SAFETY

Feeling safe is crucial in mammals

  • Facilitates general health, like body functions, hormone release...

  • Also facilitates cognitive functions, like learning, productivity, critical thinking, problem solving...

  • Social engagement, such as mutual play, eye contact, safe touch...

The perception of safety overrides the environmental safety

  • Flight/Fight/Freeze can be triggered even if there is no environmental danger

  • We efficiently detect safety cues in this state

Instantaneously socially engage with others

  • Closer proximity to someone who is safe

  • Eye contact, eye crinkles

  • Facial expressions, smiles

  • Physical gestures and posture are more relaxed

  • Hear human voice and tune out other noises

  • Prosody - stress, pitch, intonation, pauses, volume and pace



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