Polyvagal Ladder Worksheet (PDF)

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What is the theory behind this Polyvagal Ladder Worksheet?

The pioneer of the polyvagal ladder was Stephen Porges, Research suggests that the vagus nerve has several branches that originate from the brain and end at internal organs below the diaphragm and up into the face. The Polyvagal Ladder formulates our experiences and helps in regulation of the intensity of our emotions. Individuals who experience danger and threats will help them understand their emotional responses and reactions.  

How will the worksheet help?

This worksheet will help individuals understand the relationship between different types of ladders and related experiences. They will be able to identify their reactions led by certain biological manifestations. This ladder is great for making individuals understand and remember Polyvagal concepts. It will help them in self-regulation. 

How to use the worksheet?

The first part of the worksheet requires individuals to understand the stages of the polyvagal ladder. Then they have to relate and write their experiences according to each state. Later they can assess and analyze the intensity of each state to understand their emotional state on a better level.  

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