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Active factors of the person-centered attitude from a neuroscientific perspective

ARTICLEMichael Lux - 59–4 (2021)

SUMMARY

This article provides an overview on the possible significance of neurobiological processes for the unfolding of the constructive power of person­centered relationships. This is done by using five impact factors: security, trust, interpersonal synchrony, verbally mediated emotion regulation and dialogical exploration of expe­ riences. It will be demonstrated how these impact factors have a profound influence on the vegetative nervous system, neuroche­ micals like oxytocin, neural coupling, emotion regulating neural structures, and the interhemispheric information transfer. Hereby, it is assumed that neurobiological processes in these areas may accompany and facilitate the interaction within the relationship as well as long­term development of the involved persons.

KEYWORDS

neurobiology, lateralization, neuronal coupling, oxytocin, polyvagal theory