Patterns of Privilege: Their Impact on Our Sense of Belonging and Worth


Saturday, April 8, 2017
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Are our human brains wired to crave privilege?

The concept of privilege used to feel somewhat academic, but in today's politically charged climate if we are committed to living nonviolently then understanding and questioning the ramifications of privilege is necessary.

Join Sarah Peyton to explore the neuroscience of privilege and how it manifests in so many areas of our daily lives. Privilege has a deep impact on our sense of belonging and worth. It consistently shows up as social inequity in regard to financial status, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion… you name it.

Why is it we are so blind to privilege in ourselves and others? Often the ways we relate to each other are biologically based, it's how we function, it's not that we're bad! Interpersonal neurobiology tells us humans benefit from finding patterns in our external and internal lives. Is there any intrinsic value to privilege?

We will look deeply into these questions so we can begin to bring equality and harmony into our lives. NVC can be a powerful tool to guide us in recognizing patterns of privilege with empathy and compassion.

In this session, we'll be digging into:

  1. The brain's left hemisphere and its love of status and hierarchy
  2. Implicit knowledge - the non-conscious effect of the juggernaut of culture
  3. The default network - non-conscious "-ism's" at play
  4. The window of welcome for emotion (the brain and the vagus nerve)

We will learn to resonate with ourselves and with others so that our foundational and generous selves are unearthed and supported to be as integrated and complex as we are supposed to be.

If you're intrigued by this session and would like to learn more, consider registering for our Seeing the Impact of Power and Privilege: Fishbowl Discussions.

About Sarah Peyton

Sarah is a CNVC Certified Trainer, an experienced facilitator of Family Constellation work, she speaks and writes internationally on the confluence of NVC, Constellation work, and the world of neuroscience research. She is interested in how to unify people with their brains and bodies. Sarah makes Interpersonal Neurobiology research available to use in living at peace with ourselves. Funny, touching, and filled with personal stories and up-to-date research on our nervous systems and how they interact with each other, her presentations change lives and invite self-acceptance and self-compassion. More

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