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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (Dec 28 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553386395
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553386394
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.8 x 20.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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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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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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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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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What's there left to say about Daniel Siegel? This is such an important book for therapists wanting to really understand the current mind/body approach to therapy. He makes the mind understandable in a straight forward way. A must read.
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No matter what ails you, the mind is the best place to start, this teaching takes issues which are often confusing nd mystical and enlightenns the reafder to a higher degree
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I borrowed this book from the library, then bought 2 copies from Amazon, 1 to keep, 1 to give away. It's an excellent book, I'll keep reading more by Dan Siegel!
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