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Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation
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on June 7, 2017
A fascinating read, though very technical for someone who is not a psychiatrist. Dr. Siegel's premise is essentially getting to the root of our issues, and understanding what causes them. This is done through introspection, and understanding that our reactions in the present have origins in the past. A story Dr. Siegel recounts in all of his books has to do with comforting his infant son: Siegel felt a great deal of agitation when his son would cry, and couldn't understand why. He finally realized that his reaction was a holdover to being a medical resident, and having to withdraw blood from sick babies in the hospital he worked in. This was distressing, and was the cause of his anxiety with his son's crying.

I'm about halfway done this book, and have several other books from Siegel. I do agree with the premise of being mindful of how our past shapes our present reality. A caution to readers who don't have a psychology etc background is to not get bogged down in the scientific aspects of what Siegel says. There are enough stories from Siegel's work with patients that make most of what he is saying fairly clear.
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on March 23, 2017
It's very technical in the beginning but with the 2nd part being practical I could put the pieces together to make a full picture.
It's not an easy read, but I'll be able to make use of what I understood.
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on October 1, 2011
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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on February 28, 2016
Practical and relevant for Executive Coaches or anyone helping others make significant life changes.
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on October 31, 2014
Excellent examples of mindfulness based practice.
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