Quote of the day: THERAPY

February 24, 2010

THERAPY

We now know from neuroscience and attachment research that interpersonal relationships profoundly affect the physical structures and processes of the brain. Indeed, neuroscience tells us that our brains are exquisitely social in nature—as a species, we’re constantly getting into each other’s heads, affecting each other’s moods and emotions, rewiring each other’s neural networks. Therapy works primarily as a nervous-system-to-nervous-system regulator (like mother to child, mate to mate, friend to friend) that helps clients ramp down their own brains’ arousal levels and reactivity, as well as activate their neural capacity for regulating their own emotions.

— John Arden and Lloyd Linford, “The Rise and Fall of Pax Medica,” Psychotherapy Networker

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