The Body Keeps Score: neuroplasticity


As my colleague Bruce Perry explains it, the brain is formed in a “use-dependent manner.”
This is another way of describing
the relatively recent discovery that neurons that “fire together, wire together.”
When a circuit fires repeatedly, it can become a default setting—the response most likely to occur.
If you feel safe and loved, your brain becomes specialized in exploration, play, and cooperation;
if you are frightened and unwanted,
it specializes in managing feelings of fear and abandonment.
As infants and toddlers we learn about the world by moving, grabbing, and crawling and by discovering what happens when we cry, smile, or protest.
We are constantly experimenting with our surroundings—how do our interactions change the way our bodies feel?
Attend any two-year-old’s birthday party and notice how little Kimberly will engage you, play with you, flirt with you, without any need for language.

3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Laurie Schuler on August 11, 2017 at 1:45 am

    Does that kid have his finger up is nose? Great post by the way!

  2. Posted by Jennifer on August 11, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Wow. Kids really growing up. How time flies.
    Awareness and what we feed – our emotions can escalate into a monster or we can let go. Our choice.

  3. Kids are growing

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