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Great read, but technical
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.