‘Psychological safety’ is a biological requirement for learning and creativity. Period.
Find out how trauma and adverse childhood experiences negatively effect our ability to pay attention, hear human voice and create trusting relationships. Find out the 6-letter word that increases psychological safety and feelings of attachment in order to promote creative problem-solving.
Learning environments that emphasize psychological safety and relationship build better brains.
Simply put, we CANNOT expect people to learn or be creative if they are in a state of defensiveness or vigilance.
The way we’re wired is that we HAVE TO be in a state of physical and psychological safety in order for the higher order features of our brain to be accessible.
Both physical and psychological by the way, are not just about removing threat – that’s not enough. There are 3 particular things that are BIOLOGICALLY required for us to be in the down-regulated state of safety.
-the autonomic nervous system cannot be in a state that is recruited for defense
-the social engagement system (via the myelinated vagus nerve) must be activated
-we must detect features of safety in our environment via neuroception
The mechanics of our nervous system simply will not allow us to learn or be creative in solving problems without these 3 things.
The biomechanics of how adverse childhood experiences affect mind-brain-body and social dynamics
We’ll also see is that every person is going to have different thresholds of what makes them feel safe or in danger… so we’re going to cover adverse childhood experiences and trauma and the actual biomechanics of what threatening and stressful environments and relationships do to us.
I’ll also give some ideas on how we can cultivate the physiological state of safety in a learning or work environment in order to help people access more of the human features of the brain, and therefore more of their creativity, imagination and harmonious social behaviors
Even if you are not directly dealing with children, students or people who have suffered trauma, abuse or Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), there is a very high chance that simply because you are human, you’ll be dealing with someone who is dysregulated, and who has unconscious triggers due to their past experiences.
– What keeps us in a fear-based state and how media affects our view of the world.
– Reciprocal dynamics and the social engagement system.
– What we need in order to feel safe
– How attempting to create safety in the wrong way can keep us in a state of mobilization and defensiveness.
– Communicating our internal state and why it is important.
– Our ability to detect cues of safety or threat is related to our early experiences as children.
– Consequences when our autonomic nervous system is constantly overwhelmed by our sympathetic nervous system.