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I so badly want to like Dr. Siegel's work (this is the 3rd book ...
Reviewed in the United States on July 21, 2017
I so badly want to like Dr. Siegel's work (this is the 3rd book of his I've attempted to read). For the most part, I agree with the basic philosophical orientation and commitments that guide his writing, and the territory he keeps writing into from different angles (basically, the mind's significance and its connection to human well-being) is relevant and important. With this being said... I don't know how his books get published as they are absolutely painful to read. What I don't understand is that you can hire an editor to proof your work and help you organize and clarify your writing for a fair price. All three of his works that I've read suffer from the same basic stylistic writing deficiencies: redundancy (I could easily condense all three books that I've read into less than one book), odd/inaccessibly turn of phrase, and most of all, an absolutely dreadful lack of sustained conceptual focus, clarity, and organization. The biggest tragedy, in my opinion, is that because of his unresolved stylistic issues, the core idea(s) of his books remain inaccessible. It's like trying to walk somewhere beautiful with a map that's indirect at best and utterly incomprehensible at worst.
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 $.