Social Engagement and Attachment

@article{Porges2003SocialEA,
  title={Social Engagement and Attachment},
  author={Stephen W. Porges},
  journal={Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences},
  year={2003},
  volume={1008}
}
  • S. Porges
  • Published 1 December 2003
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Abstract: This article focuses on the importance of social engagement and the behavioral and neurophysiological mechanisms that allow individuals to reduce psychological and physical distance. A model of social engagement derived from the Polyvagal Theory is presented. The model emphasizes phylogeny as an organizing principle and includes the following points: (1) there are well‐defined neural circuits to support social engagement behaviors and the defensive strategies of fight, flight, and… 
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