CSAR

CSAR

Center for the Study of Affect Regulation

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Jan'17

The Prenatal Origins of Development and Experience Over the Life Span

We are all survivors of our prenatal and birth experiences. Being alive now is evidence that enough resources were available (whether an abundance or only the bare minimum) to enable us to survive this earliest period of our development.

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18

Dec'16

Learning to Regulate Fear

In the relatively safe space of the consulting room, two-thirds of my adult patients are learning to regulate fear. Fear—ranging from chronic generalized anxiety to a state of chronic fearful hypervigilance, often verging on panic—that they have been living with every day since early childhood. All are high-functioning, productive, and living in relatively safe surroundings. All consulted me with somatic pain symptoms. Many were surprised to discover that they had been living in fear since childhood.

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04

Dec'16

Remembering to Forget

As I arc toward the apex of life, I find myself more and more fascinated with the topic of memory. I don’t conjure up names so well, although truth be told, I was never very good at conjuring up names, especially compared with facts.

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14

Nov'16

Why are we not better at regulating our self-states?

Paradoxically, in spite of craving the experience of wellbeing, too often it eludes us. This is especially so when we need it most, in situations of emotional or interpersonal stress. More significant still, is the distressing experience of dysregulated feelings even when there’s no real threat to our wellbeing.

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14

Nov'16

History: From PsyBC to CSAR

In the late 1980’s my brother, the host of NPR’s "Music from the Hearts of Space" and a serious nerd, introduced me to the internet. The educational potential and implications jumped out at me.

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Oct'16

Catastrophic Shame and the Reorganization of Self

Some years ago I sat with other attending clinicians in the tiny, one-window office of Joan Turkus, then medical director of “The Center” at the Psychiatric Institute of Washington, lamenting the density and intractability of shame in our chronically traumatized patients. The gist was, in essence, a plea: “How in the world can we make any headway with shame that seems more like solidified glue than a feeling?” And it wasn’t that our patients didn’t know about the hardened molasses …

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