NAPD – NeuroAffective Personality Development

Sensing and somatic regulation

NAPD - NeuroAffective Personality Development

Emotions and empathic interactions

NAPD - NeuroAffective Personality Development

Impulse control and insight in self and others

NAPD - NeuroAffective Personality Development

NeuroAffective Personality Development

NeuroAffective Personality development, NADP for short, is a developmental map of brain and personality maturation. Healthy human development happens in hierarchic sequences. The map can be used to assess a case and plan interventions, or to assess one’s own professional methods and interaction habits. It can also be used to deepen and balance meditative approaches.

Healthy human development happens in hierarchic sequences.Certain skills must be stabilised before others can develop successfully. There are three primary developmental levels. Sensing and somatic regulation is the first, and it is a vital foundation for the next one: the development of emotions and empathic interactions.

The last level concerns appropriate impulse control and the ability to gain insight into oneself and others. It can only develop if we are ‘at home’ in our bodies and can co-create safe and engaged interactions with others.


Professional implementation of this understanding requires knowledge, skill-building and a delicate integration of the three levels of brain processing.

The human brain has enormous plasticity and is influenced by our every experience. This means that we are gradually shaped by our experiences and actions, more than by our thoughts and conversations about them. This is true of us as professionals working with others as well as of the children and adults that we work with. Accordingly, my trainings focus on professional relational skills and self-agency, so that we walk our talk and live what we teach.

This understanding also blends well with meditative insight and practice, which I have learned from Jes Bertelsen since the early 1990’s.