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Attunement from the book Bouncing Back

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Brighton and Bailey
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Attunement is the capacity to pay attention and consciously tune in to an inner experience, our own or another person’s.
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It is the element of empathy that moves the processing of experience from the lower brain, the primitive emotional processing centers of the limbic system, through the insula and mirror neurons, into the cortex.
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Attunement strengthens the capacity of the prefrontal cortex to read the meaning of our own or other people’s emotional signals, starting with basic assessments of safe, dangerous, or neutral (similar to the hedonic tone of pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral) all the way to detecting fine emotional nuances.
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Although attunement involves the conscious processing of the prefrontal cortex, we read the emotions of others mostly through the nonverbal signals of facial expressions, body language, and tone of voice.
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These signals are processed by the right hemisphere of the cortex.
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According to A. Mehrabian in Silent Messages, 55 percent of all emotional meaning is conveyed through facial expressions and body language; another 38 percent is communicated through tone and rhythm of voice; only 7 percent is communicated through words.
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Many neuropsychologists hypothesize that mirror neurons are the means by which the brain registers and comprehends the emotions of another person.
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As we observe another person’s facial expressions and body language, neurons in the brain are mirroring and processing those signals in a way that makes it feel as if they are being generated in our own bodies.
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The insula then sends the information about those sensations to our prefrontal cortex to be deciphered.
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This may very well be the neurological basis of attunement.
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Attunement: “Bouncing Back”


Brighton and Bailey
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*
Attunement is the capacity to pay attention and consciously tune in to an inner experience, our own or another person’s.
*
It is the element of empathy that moves the processing of experience from the lower brain, the primitive emotional processing centers of the limbic system, through the insula and mirror neurons, into the cortex.
*
Attunement strengthens the capacity of the prefrontal cortex to read the meaning of our own or other people’s emotional signals, starting with basic assessments of safe, dangerous, or neutral (similar to the hedonic tone of pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral) all the way to detecting fine emotional nuances.
*
Although attunement involves the conscious processing of the prefrontal cortex, we read the emotions of others mostly through the nonverbal signals of facial expressions, body language, and tone of voice.
*
These signals are processed by the right hemisphere of the cortex.
*
According to A. Mehrabian in Silent Messages, 55 percent of all emotional meaning is conveyed through facial expressions and body language; another 38 percent is communicated through tone and rhythm of voice; only 7 percent is communicated through words.
*
Many neuropsychologists hypothesize that mirror neurons are the means by which the brain registers and comprehends the emotions of another person.
*
As we observe another person’s facial expressions and body language, neurons in the brain are mirroring and processing those signals in a way that makes it feel as if they are being generated in our own bodies.
*
The insula then sends the information about those sensations to our prefrontal cortex to be deciphered.
*
This may very well be the neurological basis of attunement.
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