CSAR

CSAR

Center for the Study of Affect Regulation

20

Oct'17

Welcome to CSAR

Welcome to CSAR — an educational resource for clinicians interested in learning and deepening their understanding of affect regulation theory and its applications. Along with content directly about affect regulation theory, we will cover the fields that contribute to it; attachment theory, interpersonal neurobiology, traumatology, dissociative studies, psychoanalysis and mother-infant studies.

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20

Oct'17

What Is Trauma?
Trauma and Dissociation

Statistics and common experience tell us that exposure to trauma is common to human beings. , to greater and lesser extents. But what is it that is being measured and experienced? Trauma is an event or experience that overwhelms the frameworks of the mind

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06

Oct'17

Resonance and Synchrony
The Two Moons of Attunement

A decade of research focused on the neurobiology of attachment clearly shows that primary caregivers regulate their children’s affect, which in turn connects and organizes the neural networks in the brain, thus affecting the child's future ability to be emotionally self-regulated.

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22

Sep'17

Exploring the Prenatal Origins of Our Core Beliefs and Behaviors

Our biological parents’ experiences before we were conceived, and during our gestation in our mothers’ wombs, shaped the quality of the environment in which we developed.  These experiences impacted their feelings about the pregnancy, evoking a range of reactions from joy, excitement, gratitude and acceptance, to despair, anger, fear, shame and rejection.

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08

Sep'17

Affect Regulation, Recognition, and Mutuality
by Jessica Benjamin

We may imagine the psychological position of the Third originating in the mutual accommodation, the system of adaptation and fitting (Sander, 2008) between mother and infant that I now call, for simplicity’s sake, the rhythmic Third.

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21

Jul'17

Sex for Affect Regulation
Temporary Band-Aid or Therapeutic Balm?

For those who struggle with addiction, factors including genetics, epigenetics, and the interuterine environment contribute to their developing this sorry substitute for mature, independent affect regulation. Yet developmental neurobiology points to early relational trauma as the most decisive disrupter of the growing body/brain/mind’s ability to self-regulate.

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