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The fight, flight, freeze model

The “Fight, flight, freeze model” is the last model from “The Mentalization Guidebook” we’ll share this time round. When a person is terrified, his or her reactions will largely be based on automatic reflexes outside of conscious control. The model shows the fight, flight or freeze reactions that can be constructive in a dangerous situation but will entail problems if the reactions continue after the danger has passed.

You can find all the models and read much more about mentalization in our book “The Mentalization Guidebook”. The book is a tool for professionals working with traumatized and neglected people who want to use mentalization in their work.

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Model: MacLean’s triune brain

The second model from “The Mentalization Guidebook” we’ll share is “MacLean’s triune brain”. The model is based on human evolutionary development and describes what happens when a person is traumatized. In the model the brain is divided into a reptile brain, a mammalian brain, and a thinking brain. The model can help to understand why primitive parts of the brain often take over when a person is traumatized, and there is no access to the more rational parts of the brain.

You can find all the models and read much more about mentalization in our book “The Mentalization Guidebook”. The book is a tool for professionals working with traumatized and neglected people who want to use mentalization in their work.

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Model: Normal reactions after having experienced something violent

The next few weeks we will share a couple of our most central models regarding trauma and Mentalization as promised to some of Janne’s students at the Anna Freud Center.

The first model “Normal reactions after having experienced something violent” explains the four normal reactions to trauma. The model is a useful visual tool when talking to children about post-traumatic stress reactions.

You can find all the models and read much more about mentalization in our book “The Mentalization Guidebook”. The book is a tool for professionals working with traumatized and neglected people who want to use mentalization in their work.

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Video: Stephen Porges on the body’s adaptive response to trauma

Stephen Porges explains how you can help traumatized people understand and respect their body’s response to trauma

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Movie recommendation: Mysterious Skin 

The movie “Mysterious skin” deals with the consequences of child sexual abuse. You can read more about it here.

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Teaching in the lovely Faroe Islands

Janne and Heino from Center for Mentalization have once again enjoyed teaching in the lovely Faroe Islands!

 

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New video: Attachment at sea

A video about patterns of attachment, and how the primary attachment figures can act in relation to these different patterns. You can watch the video below.

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Mindhunter: A series about the mental states of the criminals

If you are on the lookout for a new series, we recommend Netflix’ “Mindhunter”. The series brings the mental states of the criminals into focus in criminology.

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New video about mentalization

A small video about mentalization and failure in mentalization. You can watch it below.

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Book recommendation: Bateman & Fonagy’s (2012) Handbook of Mentalizing in Mental Health Practice

Chapter 17 in Bateman & Fonagy’s (2012) “Handbook of Mentalizing in Mental Health Practice” is about mentalization-based treatment of abuse. A mustread if you work with abuse and mentalization as all the main models in relation to the target group are considered.

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