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Stuart Shanker

Dr. Stuart Shanker is a Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Psychology from York University and the Founder & Visionary of The MEHRIT Centre, Ltd. Stuart has served as an advisor on early child development to government organizations across Canada and the US, and in countries around the world. Dr. Shanker also blogs for Psychology Today

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Defining Calm

Defining Calm

Calm: A physiological/psychological state in which: the brain is producing alpha waves; digestion and restorative metabolic processes are activated; muscles are relaxed; heart-rate and breathing have slowed; blood pressure is lower; the stress-response is muted;...

The Demise of Democracy

The Demise of Democracy

I inherited a sickly Phalaenopsis when my mother-in-law passed that must have been around 15 years old. In other words, towards the end of the natural lifespan of an orchid. But in her memory, I wanted to see if I could somehow bring it back to life. I carefully cut...

Defining Maladaptive Modes of Self-Regulation

Defining Maladaptive Modes of Self-Regulation

Maladaptive vs. Healthy Modes of Self-Regulation Another major distinction that we draw in Self-Reg is between maladaptive and healthy modes of self-regulation. In both cases, a child or youth is struggling to deal with stress that has caused a homeostatic imbalance....

Defining Dysregulation: A Pathway to Calm

Defining Dysregulation: A Pathway to Calm

Tantrum vs. Dysregulation Of the many distinctions that Self-Reg draws, one of the most important is between tantrum and dysregulation. A tantrum is seen as, sometimes as involuntary: i.e. not something that the child can inhibit. And sometimes as voluntary: i.e.,...

Defining Self-Reg

Defining Self-Reg

What is Self-Reg? Shanker Self-Reg® is a five step method that leads to restoration. There are five steps involved in Self-Reg: Reframe behaviour. The overall distinction here is between misbehaviour and stress-behaviour. Within this framework, Self-Reg draws a number...

What is Stress-Behaviour?

What is Stress-Behaviour?

Stress-Behaviour in Disguise In the chaotic world of parenting, teaching, and nurturing young minds, we often find ourselves grappling with behaviors that, on the surface, appear as deliberate acts of defiance or disobedience. As caregivers, educators, and leaders,...

Defining Stress

Defining Stress

Self-Reg Definitions Series by Stuart Shanker We Are All Experiencing Stress Ever wonder why parents and guardians seem to have a ton on their plate? Picture this: they're getting everyone ready for the day, sorting out meals, helping with homework, and juggling work...

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