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Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation Paperback – December 28, 2010
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Foreword by Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence
• 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. 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.
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“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
- Publisher : Bantam; Reprint edition (December 28, 2010)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0553386395
- ISBN-13 : 978-0553386394
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #21,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Honestly, just read the summaries of his books or any reviews of them online and you'll have basically 90% of the book. Save yourself the $.
For millions of years, our left brain and right brain have had separate but complementary functions. The right side develops early and is the realm of imagery, holistic thinking, nonverbal language, biographical memory and a host of other processes. Our left brain develops later in life and is responsible for logic, spoken and written language, linearity, lists and literal thinking. If the linkage between the sides is blocked, one side may dominate and we can lose the creativity, richness and complexity that results from both sides working together. (Daniel Siegel, Mindsight, Bantam Books, 2010, p.72)
He tells the story of a man who didn’t have the ability to feel empathy for others because his early childhood was devoid of compassion and so his right brain process had become shriveled and almost non-existent. Such detailed case studies ground his theories in practical living. His therapeutic remedies illustrate the brain change he believes is possible.
The book has a definite scientific ethos, (i.e., a strong left-brain orientation), that is tempered by his emphasis on the importance of the right brain functions of relationships, empathy, emotion and mirror neuron communication, all of which he weaves together with explanations of how people enhance wellbeing by learning to integrate the two. 4 stars
M.L. Codman-Wilson, Ph.D.10/25/19