Synopses & Reviews
Three human experiences have been documented as promoting well-being: secure attachment, mindfulness meditation, and effective psychotherapy. In his first professional book since the publication of The Developing Mindin 1999, leading neurobiologist Daniel Siegel presents a unifying theory that shows how being mindfully aware and attending to the richness of our experience, creates scientifically recognized enhancements in our physiology, our mental functions, and our interpersonal relationships. Being fully present in our awareness opens our lives to new possibilities of well-being. In this new book, Siegel uses theory, science, and anecdote in order to reveal how to transform the brain as well as promote well-being and emotional balance within everyday life as well as within psychotherapy.
In-depth as well as life changing. . . .The ideas will enrich one's own mindfulness practice and enhance one's therapeutic skills.
[A] useful reference for'those seeking to enter into an understanding of the interface of modern science and ancient contemplative wisdom.
"Siegel has both a meticulous understanding of the roles of different parts of the brain and an intimate relationship with mindfulness. . . . [I]nsightful proposals, bolstered by preliminary research data, for how mindful awareness might engage parts of the brain in novel ways and lead to permanent neurological changes. His speculations are interesting in and of themselves, and they also may provide neuroscientists with ideas for experiments that could test the effects of mindfulness on the brain. . . . [A]n exciting glimpse of into an uncharted territory of neuroscience." Scientific American Mind
"[A] rich and illuminating exploration of what it means to live in the here-and-now, to be fully present in the moment, to be 'mindfully aware.' . . . . [I]n-depth as well as life changing. . . . [T]he ideas in this book will both enrich one's own mindfulness practice and enhance one's therapeutic skills." American Journal of Psychiatry
"[E]xtremely informative and helpful, providing deep insights into the process of mindful awareness....timely and useful." Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
An exploration of the nature of our mind, from the inside out, by a leading neurobiologist.
Over the last twenty years, there has been growing attention in the Western world to mindfulnesspaying attention to life in the present moment. Here, Daniel J. Siegel investigates the phenomenon of mindfulness as it impacts our daily lives, offering readers insight into personal relationships, emotional behavior, parenting, and work.
From the author of the internationally-acclaimed best-selling text , and esteemed leader and educator in the field of mental health, comes the first book ever to integrate neuroscience research with the ancient art of mindfulness. The result is a groundbreaking approach to not simply mental health, but life in general, which shows readers how personal awareness and attunement can actually stimulate emotional circuits in the brain, leading to a host of physiological benefits, including greater well-being, resilience, emotional balance, and improved cardiac and immune function. For clinicians and laypeople alike, Siegel's illuminating discussions of the power of the focused mind provide a wealth of ideas that can transform our lives and deepen our connections with others, and with ourselves.
A new framework for maintaining mental health and well-being.
About the Author
Daniel J. Siegel, MD, is an internationally acclaimed author and award-winning educator and is currently a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine where he is a co-investigator at the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development and is co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center. His books include Healing Trauma, The Healing Power of Emotion, The Mindful Brain, The Mindful Therapist, Trauma and the Body, Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology, and more. He lives in Santa Monica, California.