The Body Keeps Score: neuroplasticity

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As my colleague Bruce Perry explains it, the brain is formed in a “use-dependent manner.”
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This is another way of describing
the relatively recent discovery that neurons that “fire together, wire together.”
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When a circuit fires repeatedly, it can become a default setting—the response most likely to occur.
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If you feel safe and loved, your brain becomes specialized in exploration, play, and cooperation;
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if you are frightened and unwanted,
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it specializes in managing feelings of fear and abandonment.
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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.
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We are constantly experimenting with our surroundings—how do our interactions change the way our bodies feel?
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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.
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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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