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The Still-Face and the Dynamic Process of Human Meaning Making

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The fundamental significance of making meaning for humans about themselves in relation to the world of people, the inanimate world and to their own self is instantiated by the Still-Face paradigm.  The findings on the Still-Face show that making of meaning is a dynamic process made at multiple brain and systems – psychobiological or neurosomatic – systems.  While meanings can be made and are made endogenously, they are more typically co-created with another in an active exchange of information.  That exchange is messy.  It is characterized by mismatches and matches of meanings and their repair. Successful meaning making results in an expansion of consciousness and generates attachment and relationships, resilience and trust.  Failure to make meaning shrinks and constricts consciousness, and generates distrust and fragility.  Research on humans from my laboratory on genetics, physiology, emotions, epigenetics and caretaker-child and adult interactions will be presented to illustrate this conceptualization. The talk will use video tapes of the Still-Face in infants, children, and adults to elaborate my thinking.


1 Lesson1h 17m 18s

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