The polyvagal system mediates social engagement through its neural pathways to the face, jaw, throat, and viscera. When there is a failure in human relationship, or a rupture in connection, we are encountering the roots of shame.
We human beings are wired for connection and safety. This wiring is a primitive survival mechanism built into our neurobiology. As we engage in connecting with one another in this New Year, understanding of The Polyvagal Theory and Social Engagement System is an integral part of how we relate to one another, how we self and co-regulate and how healing can manifest in our bodies and in relationship.