Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB)

(Human_Brain courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)


Dr. Yvette Erasmus

CNVC Trainer Sarah Peyton – Open Coaching Day at KU

Your Resonant Self by Sarah Peyton | W. W. Norton & Company

Courtesy of Sarah Peyton via Empathy Brain:


Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) is the integrated field of study of what brains do in relationship. It brings together Psychology, Attachment Research, Cognitive and Social Neuroscience and Complexity Theory to create a synthesized understanding of self and other. Daniel Siegel is the primary figure in this field. (

Working with cutting-edge neuroscience research, IPNB is in a continual state of development and integration, supporting people to have a clear and compassionate understanding of themselves in the world and in their histories, both as individual humans and as mammals. As people learn about themselves with resonance and understanding, they are freed to find their own way to healing and the natural expression of who they were born to be. The essence of this work is to learn to resonate with ourselves and others so that our foundational and generous selves are unearthed from implicit entanglements and supported to be as integrated and complex as we are supposed to be.

9 Main ways our brains integrate as we do this healing work:

  • Integration of Presence
  • Vertical Integration (body and mind, self-regulation, choice)
  • Horizontal Integration (left and right hemispheres)
  • Integration of Memory (emotional and factual memory)
  • Narrative Integration (the stories we tell and the sense we make of them)
  • State Integration (moving toward living in emotional states that are easier on us)
  • Temporal Integration (finding ourselves in time)
  • Interpersonal Integration
  • Transpirational Integration

Recommended reading if you would like to explore more about IPNB:

Your Resonant Self by Sarah Peyton –  Being a Brain-Wise Therapist by Bonnie Badenoch  –  The Neurobiology of We (CD set) by Daniel Siegel  –  The Master and His Emissary by Ian McGilchrist  –  The Neuroscience of Human Relationships: Attachment and the Developing Social Brain by Louis Cozzolino  –  The Boy who was Raised as a Dog by Bruce Perry


Contents | Your Resonant Self | W. W. Norton & Company

Find Sarah Peyton’s YouTube channel here.

Dr. Dan Siegel – About – Interpersonal Neurobiology

An Introduction to Mindsight by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D

Guided Meditiation with Dan Siegel (Wheel of Awareness)

Daniel Siegel discusses Mindsight with the Dalai Lama Center

 NVC Academy interview of Dr. Dan Siegel on Parenting and Brain Science

NVC and Neuroscience:
with Susan Skye, Sarah Peyton and Linda Rysenbry

 IPNB & Empathy:
Overview including our Emotional Alarm System and What Restores Presence & Calm

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