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Introducing the “What Is…” series of Self-Reg videos. The collection can help shed light on, and demystifies, some essential concepts related to Shanker Self-Reg®.

What is… Self-Reg?

A cornerstone video in the series, Stuart Shanker defines Self-Reg as the ability to recognize and respond to stressors in a way that promotes well-being. He explains the relationship between stress and self-regulation in the five domains where we experience stress. Understanding this connection between stress and self-regulation gives us a whole new way to understand and address behaviour, mood and learning challenges in children and ourselves, using the 5 Practices of Self-Reg.

What is… The Self Reg View of Resilience

Resilience is often seen as the ability to bounce back from adversity. In this video, Dr. Shanker unpacks the Self-Reg perspective on resilience. He emphasizes that it’s not just about overcoming challenges but also about understanding the underlying stressors that affect our capacity to cope.

What is… Limbic Contagion?

Limbic contagion is the phenomenon where our emotional state can be “contagious” to others. This video delves into how emotions are shared and spread among individuals, shedding light on the importance of emotional co-regulation in our relationships.

What is… Limbic Braking?

Stuart Shanker explains how and why the Limbic System can act as a brake on activity in a child or adult’s “Blue Brain” (prefrontal cortex), when their energy is too low. This can help us understand why students can suddenly seem to “quit” when it seems to like all they need to do is persist a little more or try a little harder.

What is… A Self Reg Lens on Motivation

Motivation is a fundamental aspect of our lives. Stuart discusses how Self-Reg offers a unique perspective on motivation, one that considers the role of stress and arousal in shaping our drive and goals.

What is… The Stress Cycle?

Understanding the stress cycle is essential for effective self-regulation. This video takes a deep dive into the stages of the stress cycle, offering strategies for breaking the cycle and returning to a state of calm.

What is… The Triune Neuroaxis. And why does it matter?

The triune neuroaxis is a fascinating concept that connects brain development to Self-Regulation. Dr. Shanker explores the brain’s evolution and how this relates to our ability to self-regulate.

Each of these videos is a treasure trove of knowledge, offering insights and practical strategies for anyone seeking to improve their self-regulation skills. Whether you’re a parent, educator, therapist, or simply someone interested in personal growth, this “What Is…” series provides valuable tools for enhancing personal self-regulation, resilience and wellbeing.