Intersubjectivity Repost

Tune into this week’s repost to hear the hosts discuss the interpersonal neurobiology of intersubjectivity.

“In such face to face, eye to eye, intersubjective emotional communications, the infant and the mother, intently looking and listening to each other, synchronize and mutually regulate their states. Indeed during these protoconversations, the emotions of both members of the dyad are expressed and actively perceived in spontaneous, reciprocal, and rhythmic turn-taking interaction”(Schore, 2021).


  • Right hemispheric resonance and synchronicity between the infant and mother is a key element for healthy development. 
  • Relationships shape our brains. Therefore the first relationship is significant.
  • Intersubjectivity- two subjects interacting with each other.
  • The way they interact with each other shapes and structures their biological self.
  • The infant is a subject with the ability to interact and regulate with the caretaker.


  • Protoconversations facilitate coregulation.
  • This synchronization of the right hemisphere provides a template for the left hemisphere to make sense of experience.
  • The infant communicates from the start.
  • Nonverbal communication increases the connectivity and the mirroring between two humans. 
  • Additionally, nonverbal communication provides the conduit for help and growth to actually occur.
  • The developing mind depends on adult brains to learn how to adapt and develop.
  • Within this interconnection, the mind emerges over time and through relationships.

Review – Bowlby’s Strange Situation (38:44)

“From an interpersonal neurobiological perspective, intersubjectivity represents a co-created system of unconscious communications of positive and negative affect between two subjective minds, throughout the lifespan” (Schore, 2021).

Did you know?  After full completion of Beyond Healing Institute’s Somatic Integration and Processing training, each participant can receive 21 NBCC hours. 


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Read the article here: “Interpersonal Neurobiology of Intersubjectivity” -Allan Schore

Schore AN (2021) The Interpersonal Neurobiology of Intersubjectivity. Front. Psychol. 12:648616. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.648616