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Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation [Paperback]

Daniel J. Siegel
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Dec 28 2010
Foreword by Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence

This groundbreaking book, from one of the global innovators in the integration of brain science with psychotherapy, offers an extraordinary guide to the practice of “mindsight,” the potent skill that is the basis for both emotional and social intelligence. From anxiety to depression and feelings of shame and inadequacy, from mood swings to addictions, OCD, and traumatic memories, most of us have a mental “trap” that causes recurring conflict in our lives and relationships. Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and co-director of the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, shows us how to use mindsight to escape these traps. Through his synthesis of a broad range of scientific research with applications to everyday life, Dr. Siegel has developed novel approaches that have helped hundreds of patients free themselves from obstacles blocking their happiness. By cultivating mindsight, all of us can effect positive, lasting changes in our brains—and our lives. A book as inspiring as it is profound, Mindsight can help us master our emotions, heal our relationships, and reach our fullest potential.

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“In his new, wise, and utterly approachable book, Dr. Siegel uses beautiful and often remarkable case histories to show us how we can change our minds, brains, relationships, and even the course of certain mental illnesses.”—Norman Doidge, M.D., author of The Brain That Changes Itself

“Will forever change the way we understand ourselves and our relationships.”—Mary Pipher, Ph.D., author of Reviving Ophelia and Seeking Peace

“Accessible and visionary, Mindsight is bound to be a classic.”—Jack Kornfield, author of The Wise Heart
 
“[A] revolutionary book.” —The Boston Globe
 
“Utterly compelling . . . life-altering.”—Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Wherever You Go, There You Are
 
“An exciting exploration of how a troubled mind can right itself.”—Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., is clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, co-director of the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, and executive director of the Mindsight Institute. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, he is the author of Parenting from the Inside Out and the internationally acclaimed professional texts The Mindful Brain and The Developing Mind. Dr. Siegel keynotes conferences and presents workshops throughout the world. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book April 4 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Mindsight is another brilliant book from Daniel Siegel. I have learned so much from his work on the integration of the lessons from the new brain science and ancient mindfulness techniques. For anyone who wants a deep appreciation of the way in which human brain works best when it is in an integrated, mindful state, this is the book for you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative, integrative, and accessible Oct. 1 2011
Format:Paperback
Dr. Siegel accomplishes quite a feat here; integration of principles of neuroscience, interpersonal psychology/therapy, and Eastern mindfulness mostly through engaging clinical cases. While not perfect, it is eons beyond the typical prescriptive "self-help" genre.

Great stuff.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Robert Morris HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
In Shakespeare's play, Hamlet, Polonius offers this advice to his son Laertes before his departure for college:

"This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,

Thou canst not then be false to any man."

Urging the young man to be true to himself is sound advice but presupposes that Laertes knows who he is. For most of us, self-knowledge is immensely difficult to obtain and even more difficult to accept. However, Socrates insists that the unexamined life is not worth living. All this is relevant to Daniel Siegel's latest book, Mindsight, in which he discusses the core principles and potential significance of "the new science of personal transformation," a process during which the brain creates itself or increases its capabilities "to promote physical, psychological, and interpersonal well-being."

As Daniel Goleman correctly observes in an uncommonly enlightening Foreword, "Daniel Siegel's theory of mindsight -- the brain's capacity for both insight and empathy...makes sense for us out of the cluttered confusions of our sometimes maddening and messy emotions...Self-awareness and empathy are (along with self-mastery and social skills) domains of human ability essential for success in life...Of these four skills, self-awareness lays the foundation for the rest."

There are several concepts or themes central to Siegel's narrative. For example, "The Triangle of Well-Being" reveals three aspects of our lives (i.e. relationships, mind, and brain) that "form the three mutual influencing points of the Triangle of Well-Bring." Mindsight enables us to become aware of, indeed monitor and modify "the flow of energy and information within the Triangle of Well-Being.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pioneering work Oct. 24 2013
By Ardis
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Another reviewer got it right -- This is a brilliant work! It deserves more positive comments than are here! Visit amazon.com for more. I highly recommend the audio (read by the author). If you are interested in changing entrenched patterns of thinking and gaining a better understanding of your own mind, this is a splendid resource. Daniel Siegel is truly ahead of his time or at least right on the cusp of a new way of perceiving the mind.
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