Interview with Stephen Porges about Polyvagal Theory
Stephen Porges’s work provides fascinating insight on the role of the vagus nerve in regulating our emotional world. His theory gives a lucid explanation of how we mammals have evolved our brains and nervous systems to pick up threats in the environment, and the importance of finding ‘cues of safety’ to help us regulate ourselves.
‘The Body Keeps the Score: Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma’ – by Bessel van der Kolk
This book is possible the most classic modern work on trauma. It’s a slightly dense book, but certainly worth exploring.
‘Transforming Trauma: Discovering Wholeness and Healing After Trauma’ – by Dr. James Gordon
James Gordon is a Harvard-educated psychiatrist with a deep spiritual dimension, so this book is a wonderful resource for anyone with an openness to the spiritual wanting to work on their own trauma or help other people with their trauma.