Reframed: Self-Reg for a Just Society
For Stuart Shanker, the possibility of a truly just and free society begins with how we see and nurture our children.
Shanker is renowned for using cutting-edge neuroscience to help children feel happy and think clearly by better regulating themselves. In his new book, Reframed, Shanker explores self-regulation in wider, social terms. Whereas his two previous books, Calm, Alert, and Learning and Self-Reg, were written for educators and parents, Reframed, the final book in the trilogy, unpacks the unique science and conceptual practices that are the very lifeblood of Self-Reg, making it an accessible read for new Self-Reggers.
Reframed is grounded in the three basic principles of Shanker Self-Reg®:
- There is no such thing as a bad, lazy, or stupid kid.
- All people can learn to self-regulate in ways that promote rather than constrict growth.
- There is no such thing as a "fixed outcome": trajectories can always be changed, at any point in the lifespan, if only we have the right knowledge and tools.
Only a society that embraces these principles and strives to practice them, argues Shanker, can become a truly just society. The paradigm revolution presented in Reframed not only helps us understand the harrowing time we are living through, but inspires a profound sense of hope for the future. Shanker shows us how to build a compassionate society, one mind at a time.
- World Rights
- Page Count: 360 pages
- Illustrations: 2
- Dimensions: 6.4in x 1.1in x 9.3in
"What if there existed a book with a masterful integration of contemporary neuroscience, research on human development, educational theory and practice, philosophical thought from the ancients to the present day, the pitfalls of cultural history, and clinical examples of working with children and adults? What if this vast scope of knowledge was presented as a human endeavor, seen from the sometimes limited perspectives of the ordinary people enshrined as creators of the foundational theories, world views, and scientific breakthroughs? What if all this existing knowledge was re-interpreted from the perspective of stories about real children and what fosters or holds back their developmental potential? And what if the journey through this book led to the inescapable conclusion that it is possible to create a genuinely Just Society via the ground-breaking and powerful new approach to child nurture presented within? That book is in our hands now and it is up to us as individuals, as communities, and as societies to make the choice to follow its wisdom."
Alan Fogel, Professor of Psychology Emeritus University of Utah and author of Body Sense: The Science and Practice of Embodied Self-Awareness (W. W. Norton, 2013)
"This is a beautiful book, brimming with hope. Through Self-Reg principles and vivid real-life examples, Shanker explains what a Blue Brain/ Red Brain balance is and how parents, educators and coaches can help young children and teens achieve it. 'Reframed' invites fresh thinking about everything from math anxiety to gaming addiction - and never again will I ask a struggling youngster to "just try harder"! Here is a path we can all walk together toward a truly just society."
Barbara J. King, Department of Anthropology, College of William & Mary, Author of How Animals Grieve
"In Reframed: Self-Reg for a Just Society we join Stuart Shanker on his personal journey to redefine age-old questions related to the capacity of humans to regulate their behavior. The book is a facile intellectual ‘tour de force’ integrating relevant information across several disciplines that have contributed, often in isolation, to an understanding of how a child behaviorally, cognitively, socially, and emotionally navigates (i.e., self-regulates) within the constraints of our culture and its institutions. His treatise focuses on the construct of self-regulation as an organizing principle and on the important role self-regulation plays in a child’s success within the constraints of a chronically evaluative educational system. The writing style flows and integrates the author’s focal principle, self-regulation, with the constructs and literatures associated with disparate disciplines (e.g., philosophy, psychology, psychiatry, education, neuroscience)."
Stephen W. Porges, PhD, Distinguished University Scientist, Indiana University, Professor of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina, and originator of the Polyvagal Theory
Author InformationStuart Shanker is a distinguished research professor emeritus of philosophy and psychology at York University, and founder of the MEHRIT Centre, Ltd. He is a world leading authority and bestselling author on the topic of self-regulation and child development, and the former president of the Council of Early Child Development.
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