Discussing connections between Polyvagal Theory, the Evolution of Consciousness, Tribalism, Anxiety, Trauma, and more with Tom Beakbane

[Episode 80 of The Intentional Clinician Podcast]

Paul Krauss MA LPC has a long conversation with Tom Beakbane (Author of How to Understand Everything: Consilience: A New Way to See the World) about the human nervous system and how we feel and interpret the world regarding a variety of issues.

Also discussed: “Bottom Up” perspective on consciousness, nature of consciousness, polyvagal theory, cellular evolution, tribalism, anxiety, trauma, neurons, “top down perspective,” traditional ways of explaining the brain, mammalian and reptile behaviors, tardigrades, language, parenting, mythology, different ways of learning, common factors in counseling research, our own bias, 6th of January, political division, projection, dread, despair and anxiety as a hyper-focus, group think, conspiracy theories, a simple solution as a place to place one’s anxiety, becoming an adult, dealing with ambiguity as a human, does the environment cause people’s nervous systems to be “in the red zone,” black and white thinking, the complexity of issues, entropy, the loss of cultural gathering places, the need for humans to have physical touch and close community, meetings and having close conversations, how do we really listen, how news consumption can activate the sympathetic nervous system, and more.

Tom Beakbane is the president of a Toronto-based brand marketing firm. He was perplexed by the disparity between textbook theories of human behavior and his experiences designing corporate communications, despite having an honors degree in biochemistry and neurophysiology from Durham University in England. He closed the gap by tapping into developments at the frontiers of science, explained in the just-published book How to Understand Everything. Consilience: A New Way to See the World.

Paul Krauss MA LPC is the Clinical Director of Health for Life Counseling Grand Rapids, home of The Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids. Paul is also a Private Practice Psychotherapist, an Approved, host of the Intentional Clinician podcast, Behavioral Health Consultant, Clinical Trainer, and Counseling Supervisor. Paul is now offering consulting for a few individuals and organizations. Paul is the creator of the National Violence Prevention Hotline (in progress)  as well as the Intentional Clinician Training Program for Counselors. Questions? Call the office at 616-200-4433.

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