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Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformationby Daniel J. Siegel
Synopses & Reviews
From a pioneer in the field of mental health comes a groundbreaking book on the healing power of "mindsight," the potent skill that is the basis for both emotional and social intelligence. Mindsight allows you to make positive changes in your brain–and in your life.
• Is there a memory that torments you, or an irrational fear you can' t shake?
• Do you sometimes become unreasonably angry or upset and find it hard to calm down?
• Do you ever wonder why you can't stop behaving the way you do, no matter how hard you try?
•Are you and your child (or parent, partner, or boss) locked in a seemingly inevitable pattern of conflict?
What if you could escape traps like these and live a fuller, richer, happier life? This isn't mere speculation but the result of twenty-five years of careful hands-on clinical work by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. A Harvard-trained physician, Dr. Siegel is one of the revolutionary global innovators in the integration of brain science into the practice of psychotherapy. Using case histories from his practice, he shows how, by following the proper steps, nearly everyone can learn how to focus their attention on the internal world of the mind in a way that will literally change the wiring and architecture of their brain.
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 heal themselves from painful events in the past and liberate themselves from obstacles blocking their happiness in the present. And now he has written the first book that will help all of us understand the potential we have to create our own lives. Showing us mindsight in action, Dr. Siegel describes
• a sixteen-year-old boy with bipolar disorder who uses meditation and other techniques instead of drugs to calm the emotional storms that made him suicidal
• a woman paralyzed by anxiety, who uses mindsight to discover, in an unconscious memory of a childhood accident, the source of her dread
• a physician–the author himself–who pays attention to his intuition, which he experiences as a "vague, uneasy feeling in my belly, a gnawing restlessness in my heart and my gut," and tracks down a patient who could have gone deaf because of an inaccurately written prescription for an ear infection
• a twelve-year-old girl with OCD who learns a meditation that is "like watching myself from outside myself" and, using a form of internal dialogue, is able to stop the compulsive behaviors that have been tormenting her
These and many other extraordinary stories illustrate how mindsight can help us master our emotions, heal our relationships, and reach our fullest potential.
A book as inspiring as it is informative, as practical as it is profound, Mindsight offers exciting new proof that we aren't hardwired to behave in certain ways, but instead have the ability to harness the power of our minds to resculpt the neural pathways of our brains in ways that will be life-transforming.
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
A UCLA brain scientist introduces the practice of "mindsight" as well as its potential for improving interpersonal relationships, explaining how challenges ranging from everyday stress to severe trauma can be treated by redirecting the flow of energy and information in one's brain in order to tap inherent insights and empathy.
Foreword by Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence.
This groundbreaking book, from one of the global innovators in the integration of brain science withpsychotherapy, 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 ofshame 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 rangeof 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 ourrelationships, and reach our fullest potential.
Table of Contents
Part I. The path to well-being: mindsight illuminated. A broken brain, a lost soul: the triangle of well-being — Minding the brain: the brain in the palm of your hand — Crepes of wrath: mindsight lost and found — Minding the brain: neuroplasticity in a nutshell — Leaving the ether dome: where is the mind? — Minding the brain: riding the resonance circuits — The complexity choir: discovering the harmony of health. Part II. The power to change: mindsight in action. A roller-coaster mind: strengthening the hub of awareness — Half a brain in hiding: balancing left and right — Cut off from the neck down: reconnecting the mind and the body — Prisoners of the past: memory, trauma, and recovery — Making sense of our lives: attachment and the storytelling brain — Our multiple selves: getting in touch with the core — The neurobiology of "we": becoming advocates for one another — Time and tides: confronting uncertainty and mortality — Epilogue: widening the circle: expanding the self.
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