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Boundless Body

Author: Dr. Brian Tierney

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Welcome to The Boundless Body Podcast with The Somatic Doctor!

Prepare to be captivated as Dr. B leads engaging discussions with special guests exploring alternative healing methods, psychotherapy, philosophy, expressive arts, and science.

Join us as we ponder the simple yet profoundly complex question: what can a body do?

Come along for the adventure!
7 Episodes
BIO Lucy Biven trained at the Anna Freud Institute in London. Most recently, she was the Head of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy for the NHS in Leicester. She co-authored Archaeology of the Mind with Jaak Panksepp and wrote A Short-Cut to Understanding Affective Neuroscience. Now retired, Lucy brings 40 years of experience in the field. Archaeology of the Brain In Episode 7, Dr. Brian Tierney is joined by Lucy Biven, a retired psychotherapist with 40 years of experience. Lucy brings a refreshing spontaneity as she delves into neuropsychoanalytics, candidly sharing her distaste for certain aspects of Freudian psychology, despite her training in it. This episode offers a truly humbling and genuine introduction to the archaeology of the brain. The Motherboard: Key Brain structures Brian and Lucy Biven dive into the fascinating distinction between emotion and affect in neuroscience. They explore the metaphor of the "motherboard and software" of affect and emotion, emphasizing the role of play in developing affects and the complexity of neuroscience. You'll hear about the key brain structures involved, like the mirror neuron system and the periaqueductal gray, which plays a crucial role in our emotional systems. Care and Lust: Emotional Systems They also unpack various emotional systems in the brain—the care system, panic grief system, seeking system, rage system, and lust system. You'll gain insights into the relationship between care and lust, critiques of Freud's theories, gender differences in lust, and the biological basis of gender dysphoria. They tackle the challenges of studying these phenomena in both humans and animals, and discuss how affects and homeostasis interact, the impact of social contagion on gender dysphoria, and the intricate relationship between gender and sexuality. 7 Affects and The Seeking System The episode concludes by examining the seven affects, the sacrificial nature of life, and the brain's processes of cell death and remodeling. Brian and Lucy highlight the lows that follow achieving goals and the importance of supporting the seeking system in clinical practice. Book Links: The Archaeology of Mind: Neuroevolutionary Origins of Human Emotions (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology): 9780393705317: Panksepp PhD, Jaak, Biven, Lucy: Books A Short-Cut to Understanding Affective Neuroscience: Biven, Lucy: 9781638600961: Books Dr. Brian Tierney: Contact - Somatic Doctor Integrative therapies, Brian Tierney Ph.D., RCST, Licensed Psychologist. Somatic Therapy, Biodynamic Craniosacral Work, Mentoring and Teaching Brian Tierney (@boundlessbodypodcast) • Instagram photos and videos Dr. B The Somatic Doctor (@Boundless_Body) / X (1) Facebook --- Send in a voice message:
Brian Massumi is a renowned philosopher, writer, and translator known for his expertise in the works of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari. With a focus on exploring complex concepts in philosophy and cultural theory, Massumi has made significant contributions to understanding the intersections of art, politics, and everyday life. He is particularly celebrated for his insights into the dynamics of the unconscious and the complexities of social and psychological fields. Massumi's engaging and insightful approach has garnered him recognition as a leading figure in contemporary philosophy and critical theory. EP6 Highlights: 1) Translating "Capitalism and Schizophrenia": Brian Massumi guides listeners through the intricate process of translating the seminal work of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, shedding light on the challenges encountered in making such a complex text accessible to a broader audience, especially in the pre-internet era. 2) Exploring the Unconscious: Massumi unpacks Deleuze and Guattari's unique perspective on the unconscious as a dynamic and generative force, delving into the interplay between chaos and structure and how it shapes our perception of reality. 3) Navigating Social and Psychological Fields: The conversation delves into concepts like field theory, abstract and concrete, and the origins of language, as Massumi navigates through the complexities of social and psychological fields, urging listeners to critically examine the structures that govern their lives. 4) Themes of Surveillance and Freedom: As the discussion progresses, themes of surveillance, docile bodies, and the quest for freedom emerge, prompting listeners to reflect on the mechanisms of normation and the importance of self-awareness in challenging societal norms. 5) Introduction to SenseLab and Three Ecologies: Massumi introduces listeners to innovative projects like the SenseLab and the Three Ecologies project, emphasizing the power of relational fields and self-organizing collectivities in driving innovation and change. 6) Embracing the Unknown: The episode culminates in a call to action to embrace the unknown with enthusiasm, inviting listeners on a transformative journey of discovery and regeneration. Sense Lab/3 Ecologies Project: Dr. Brian Tierney: --- Send in a voice message:
Join Francesca Maximé, a psychotherapist who delves deep into the transformative potential of somatic therapy compared to traditional talk therapy. She illuminates how trauma can become lodged in the body, trapping individuals in the past, and explores how somatic experiencing and mindfulness can liberate this stored trauma. This is the most raw unscripted episode to date, where listeners get insight into therapy techniques and samples to improve their lives with a backstage view. Francesa reveals where her life was stuck, how she overcame hitting rock bottom, and the methods that help others in the same position. This episode provides a birdseye view into a private session, which is pretty neat actually. Maxime proves she has the credentials with play scenarios and masters the art of space and spontaneity. Not to give too much away but Francesca swears a bunch of times at the end and well, you kind of have to see it to believe it in context. Maximé advocates for incorporating expressive arts like poetry and movement into the healing journey, recognizing patterns of trauma in the body and harnessing the power of focusing to access deeper levels of healing. She outlines the six steps of focusing, revealing how it can navigate complex issues such as discussing physical intimacy with teenagers and regulating the nervous system. The conversation extends to safety bids, play bids, and grandiosity in relationships, stressing the significance of courageous humility and submission for building secure attachments. Maximé and Brian also delve into the role of silence, grief, and active listening in fostering healthier relationships, exploring the concept of imaginal redo and the transformative potential of imagery in trauma resolution. Throughout, the dialogue underscores the importance of attunement, modulation, and expansion in therapeutic endeavors. Contact Francesca Maxime:'s Contact Dr. Brian Tierney: Social Links: Articles: --- Send in a voice message:
In episode 4, get ready to embark on a journey through the tangled web of the human brain with none other than Dr. Aldrich Chan, the brainiac with a knack for neuropsychology! As he delves into the complexities of neurobiology, philosophy, and clinical practice, Dr. Chan brings his signature wit and charm, emphasizing the importance of interdisciplinary research and the integration of diverse perspectives. From dissecting the default mode network (DMN) to exploring the power of mental imagery, Dr. Chan keeps you entertained while shedding light on the inner workings of the mind. So grab your popcorn and join us for a side-splittingly enlightening adventure into the mysteries of the brain! Dr. Aldrich Chan: Dr. Brian Tierney: Cosmic Embryogenesis: Social Links: Articles: --- Send in a voice message:
Join Dr. Barnaby B Barratt in a thought-provoking discussion on the evolving landscape of somatic psychology. Discover the diverse influences shaping the field, from shamanic practices to advances in neuroscience. Explore the tensions between Freud and Jung, and the need for integration in somatic approaches. This episode delves into a range of themes, including the rejection of psychoanalysis, the role of body movement, and the impact of Eastern wisdom traditions. Tune in for insights into the complexities and potential of somatic healing. Dr. Barnaby Barrett Books Link:   / 545827.barnaby_b_barratt   Parkmore Institute: Dr. Brian Tierney: Articles:   / boundlessbodypod   --- Send in a voice message:
In this lively episode, Manu and Brian embark on a whimsical journey through the twists and turns of attachment theory critiques. With a dash of Nietzschean flair and a sprinkle of Buddhist wisdom, they unravel the mysteries of human development, exploring desire, and curiosity like a pair of philosophical detectives. As they navigate the landscape of life's enigmas, they dive into the intriguing concept of the inner orphan and dissect Deleuze and Guattari's intriguing orphaned unconscious. With music as their trusty sidekick, they groove through the conversation, shedding light on the role of melodies in shaping our attachment styles. But it's not all serious talk; Manu and Brian embrace their wild sides, challenging conventional views and flipping anthropocentric beliefs on their heads with a playful dose of symbolism. From vulnerability to resilience, they tackle it all, shining a light on the coercive nature of language and pondering the cosmic impact of technology. It's a whirlwind of ideas, laughter, and profound insights that will leave you questioning everything you thought you knew about attachment theory. Manu Bazzano Website: Dr. B's Website: Social Media Links: Articles: --- Send in a voice message:
Step into the world of the Boundless Body Podcast with Dr. B as he embarks on an enthralling conversation with the esteemed scholar, Dr. Erin Manning. In this inaugural episode, they embark on a captivating journey through the realms of sensation, movement, and perception, shattering conventional notions surrounding neurotypical body structures and language barriers. Discover the intricate interplay between human language, intelligence, and perception within the neurotypical sphere, as they unravel the complexities of psychological phenomena like psychosis and its surprising link to heightened cognitive processes. Dr. Erin Manning fearlessly shares her own encounters with institutionalized racism and challenges the rigid categorization of neurotypicality, exposing the deep-seated biases ingrained in society's fabric. As the discussion unfolds, prepare to be swept away by insights into the profound impact of shared emotions, laughter, and the transformative power of human experiences. Explore the liberating role of joy, grief, and humor in shaping our collective journey. The episode concludes with a reflection on Erin's groundbreaking teaching methodologies, emphasizing the importance of fostering individual expression and fostering meaningful dialogue. Join us on this meticulously curated odyssey for those who dare to challenge the status quo, seek enlightenment, and embrace the spirit of reinvention. Enter a realm where bodies roam boundlessly, and exploration knows no bounds. Dr. Erin Manning: Dr. Erin Manning's Books: Contact Dr. Brian Tierney: Social Links: Articles: --- Send in a voice message: