What is interpersonal neurobiology? It is a field that embraces all branches of science and it seeks the common, universal findings across independent ways of knowing in order to expand our understanding of the mind and well-being. It is meant to convey the embracing of everything in life from society (interpersonal) to synapses (neurobiology), from the neurons to the universe.
What is the MIND? What is mental health?
These are questions which are answered by interpersonal neurobiology.
The MIND has at least 3 fundamental aspects:
1. Personal subjective experience.
2. Consciousness with a sense of knowing and being known.
3. Regulatory function that is an EMERGENT, SELF-ORGANIZING process of the extended nervous system and relationships.
In this way the core aspect of MIND is defined as an embodied and relational process that regulates the flow of energy and information.
Mental health is more than the absence of symptoms or meeting the criteria for a mental disorder. The best definition that mental health emerges from integration in the brain/body and in relationships. The MIND as the self-organizing, emergent, embodies and relational process moving the system toward integration and a sense of resilience, harmony and vitality.