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Heart and Soul; On the relationship between self and body

Heart and Soul; On the relationship between self and body

Hobson writes, “Metaphors which carry experience forward are those which disclose a meaning which is beyond, or prior to conceptual thoughts and formulated words. The significance is ‘felt in the blood, and felt along the heart’”. In everyday language “heart” and “soul” are used to convey notions such as “with all one’s being”; “with feeling for another”; “with generosity towards another” and so forth.

This talk explores the interrelationship between communication (in terms of meaning and significance in interpersonal and intrapersonal senses) and basic physiological functions such as breathing and heartbeat. An emerging physiological model, the Polyvagal Theory, that provides an understanding of emotional and social interaction different from the dominant models of the 20th Century, is discussed. According to this model Heart Rate Variability (HRV) is an important indicator of self-regulation. Original work done to develop methods of measuring HRV that could be applied to the psychotherapeutic setting under naturalistic conditions is described along with some preliminary experimental data.

Speakers: Anthony Korner
Conference: Uncategorized
Areas of Interest / Categories: Menopause, Psychotherapy


The integrated model of emotion, thinking, feeling and self-regulation: Applications of HRV to Biofeedback and Neurofeedback training

RSA training: mind-body therapy in clinical practice

Respiratory sinus arrhythmia training (RSA) or Heart Rate Variability (HRV) training offers a unique window into the mind and physiology of the clinical client. The presentation will cover ‘what is RSA and HRV training’, a brief overview

Utilising mindfulness and neuroscience: a case study of an Iranian refugee.

Mindfulness is one of the common therapeutic modalities utilised in the treatment of torture and trauma survivors suffering from PTSD. Evidence suggests that Heart Rate Variability (HRV) is reduced amongst torture and trauma survivors, and brain wave patterns can be significantly disturbed, with a slow beta-wave in the right pre-frontal lobe, resulting in poor cognitive capacities and reduced concentration.

Using biofeedback techniques to enhance therapeutic response

Alexandra, a 54 year old female, presented for treatment with a complexity of symptoms which included developmental trauma, poor self-regulation, social isolation, depression, anxiety and a borderline

Menopause: a discussion

Sexual Functioning, Life-Style and Health Factors in Hysterectomized vs Non-Hysterectomized Hispanic Women Living in Puerto Rico

Hysterectomy is the most common major gynecologic operation. The positive and negative effects of hysterectomy on sexual functioning have gained interest in recent research. The quality of a woman’s sexuality is likely to be influenced by biopsychosocial factors. The objective of this study is to compare some aspects of sexual functioning, such as loss of libido and dyspareunia, and life-style and health factors in hysterectomized vs non-hysterectomized Hispanic women living in Puerto Rico. Eight-hundred and eighty-seven Puerto Rican women ages 40 to 59 participated in health-fairs conducted in twenty-two municipalities between May 2000 and November 2001.