What happens when a question sparks a search? When a curious mind latches onto a quest to find answers that make sense, not just at a cognitive level but also with a bodily resonance, so it feels right? Well, if you’re Stephen W. Porges, you end up trying to understand how our physiology is related to our mental and behavioral states and then, with data in hand, you propose the Polyvagal Theory (1994), which links the evolution of the vertebrate autonomic nervous system to the emergence of social behavior.
An intriguing book about the wife behind one of the founders of psychotherapy, Carl Jung, and the early years of psychoanalysis: Emma Jung-Rauschenbach. The author, Catrine Clay (a director and producer of documentaries at the BBC) puts it bluntly: ‘The world would not have the Carl Jung it knew, without Emma Jung steady in the background.’
Title of the book: Neuroscience of somatic psychotherapy
Author: Gees Boseker
Year of appearance: 2017
Gees Boseker, the writer of this book, works as Core Energetic Therapist and as developmental somatic psychotherapist. She works with parents, children and attachment. From this point of view, she studied a lot on neuroscience and the brain as a social organ. This book connects insights of neuroscience with Core Energetics, or more generally, with somatic psychotherapy.
Title of the book: The Body keeps the Score
Author: Bessel A. van der Kolk
Year of appearance: 2014
The body stores trauma even more reliably than the mind – as the title of the book suggests. Comprised of 20 chapters, broken into five thematic sections, van der Kolk’s 2014 book provides the reader with an excellent account of the effects of trauma and the ways trauma dis-integrates the connection between one’s body, mind and emotions.
New in Town!
There is a new book in town called ‘Neuroscience of Somatic Psychotherapy’, written by Gees Boseker.