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Introduction To The Tonal: Alignment, Attunement And The Soul

Tonal is a Meso American word that refers to the totality of the heart, mind, body and soul of a person. There is no corresponding word in English. The concept of the heart, mind, body and soul can be used as a uniting conceptualization because it is a human “universal” – it is common to all cultures.

Introduction To Mapping The Tonal
Dr. Arredondo describes the process of mapping Tonal Connectedness. He reviews the four basic elements of Tonal connectedness – heart, mind, body and soul – and moves from The Simpsons as genogram to real-life examples of how mapping Tonal Connectedness can give all players a snapshot look at the influences in someone’s life.

Psychiatry, Wellness And The Tonal
Dr. Arredondo explains how mapping Tonal Connectedness is a non-stigmatizing model of emotional well-being that is compatible with DSM-IV and medical psychiatry.

Salvador: Keeping A Child Out Of The California Youth Authority

Dr. Arredondo delves deeper into mapping Tonal Connectedness with a case study of Salvador, a 15-year-old on probation who was able to be placed with a brother far from a gang environment, thus sparing the state the expense of processing a juvenile who did not belong in prison.

Juan: Foster Care Reentry
Dr. Arredondo describes how 17-year-old Juan was saved from going to juvenile prison through the use of the Tonal Connectedness Model.

Tonal Diagramming: Parents and Children
A description of a map of Tonal Connectedness, a diagram of human connections along the dimensions of heart, mind, body and soul. The diagramming process is a simple, collaborative procedure in which a professional and a client map human connectedness along the dimensions of emotion, cognition, genetics and meaning. It follows the same structure as a family tree.

Lily And the Tonal Connectedness Model
Dr. Arredondo describes a method of charting the Tonal Connectedness of a single mother have difficulty with her teenage son Brandon.

Moods, Emotions: Thoughts And Feelings

Types of Emotions and Tonal Connectedness
Dr. Arredondo explains why it is important to teach children to tell the difference between thoughts and feelings as an essential component of their emotional growth, and why adults should strive to know and align their own hearts and minds.

Types of Emotions
Dr. Arredondo explains the difference between instinctual and conditioned emotions – whether they are primitively hardwired, taught by the culture or deliberately cultivated.

THE SEXY BRAIN: Lust, Rage, Love and Empathy
Dr. Arredondo discusses simple brain anatomy for laypersons. The centers for lust, rage, compassion and other thoughts, emotions, feelings and capacities are presented.

Attachment, Bonding And Connectedness

Dr. Arredondo lays some of the groundwork for differentiating bonding and attachment (as the term is commonly misunderstood) from connectedness – which by definition is reciprocal and never unidirectional.

Attunement, And Why It Matters
Dr. Arredondo explains the concept of Attunement and why it is so critical for healthy development and the later capacity for empathy.

What is Cute, and Why it Matters
Dr. Arredondo humorously demonstrates how we are hardwired to see some people as cute, and explains why it matters.

How We Hex Our Own Children
We need to understand that adolescents have difference brains, but possess Tonals like the rest of us. They simultaneously need and reject attention; they are dependent, but trying to be independent; and they take with one hand and give with the other. “To the world you may be one person; but to one person, you may be the world.”

Harm Done to Children by American Prisons
Dr. Arredondo presents data showing America’s obsession with incarceration and explains how it impacts our children.

Mental Health And Juvenile Justice
Dr. Arredondo describes the problem of suicide in teens caught up in social service systems.

Why Are Some Kids So Hostile?
Dr. David Arredondo uses photographs of facial expressions to explain how quickly and easily we perceive others, and how children from distressed backgrounds perceive the world differently because of what they’re exposed to and what they learn from that.

Adolescence: The Best and Worst of Times
Dr. Arredondo describes emotional, social and brain development in adolescence and why it is hard for teens to tolerate hypocrisy. Why teens sometimes have difficulty controlling their impulses is also explained.

The Problem with Medicalization of Emotional Problems
Medicalization and the use of psychoactive drugs have gained an inordinately large clinical following as a result of expediency (cost containment and rapid pharmacological results). Side effects are very serious and opportunities are missed for each child and adult to learn, develop and deepen from the difficulties in life.

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  1. Please feel free to comment on any aspect whatsoever of the se presentations. All feedback is useful. thanks- David

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