Attachment and Attunement – What Do Those Words Even Mean? [episode 38]

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Over the course of the past year and a half or so, I’ve been asked if I’ve ever considered becoming a therapist. While yes, I have considered it, it’s not something I want to pursue in this current season of life (or maybe ever, if I’m being totally honest). However, I LOVE gathering and learning information that will absolutely help other people, and I’ve recently been consuming Dr. Gabor Matè’s books (I’ve currently read four of his five books). His work is fascinating, and I’m pretty mind-blown by what I’ve learned! Dr. Matè talks a lot about addiction, chronic illness, suppressed emotions, ADD, and more. If I had to sum up his work though, it would be that humans need healthy, secure attachment and attunement, and humans are most lacking healthy, secure attachment and attunement. 

In today’s episode, I want to talk about attachment and attunement, and why we need BOTH of these to not only survive, but thrive. But..what do these words even mean?! Attachment is really the foundation upon which everything else in our brain is built, and attunement is our awareness and responsiveness to the needs of others. Our society is severely lacking in both attachment and attunement, but that doesn’t mean it has to stay that way – we can change that, especially as we become more aware of how to do so.

I’m really convinced that attachment and attunement are not just important, but really, the KEY to unlocking and better understanding so many things (I’m currently working on these in my own life, with my personal relationships). You better believe I’ve got a whole lot more to say about these topics, and I’ll plan to dig into them more in future episodes, so stay tuned for those! 

In this episode, Attachment and Attunement – What Do Those Words Even Mean?, we cover:

  • The mind-blowing information I’ve learned from my recent consumption of Dr. Gabor Mate’s books
  • What attachment and attunement mean + why we need both to survive 
  • Gaining awareness with just how important attachment and attunement are + my commitment to improving my personal relationships

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Good movement happens when we approach the cattle with a positive attitude, read and really listen to what they’re telling us, and communicate accordingly. 

We don’t approach the aware, flighty cattle the same as we do the tame, docile cattle. We adjust ourselves, our energy, and approach, and communicate with each differently.

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