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Rce 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 herThese and many other extraordinary stories illustrate how mindsight can help us master our emotions heal our relationships and reach our fullest potentialA 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 transformin An accessable but rigorously researched take on neuroplasticity with useful approaches to how mindfulness can assist in overcoming a range of what are usually considered mental illnesses only treatable with medication A uniue and clear approach to the uestion of what is mind and what is brain incorporating relationships into the concept of what it is to be human and the importance of attachment in infancy and how issues with attachment can be addressed in adulthood A positive and inspirational contribution to the applications of the neurobiology of brain plasticity in psychotherapy and personal fulfillment in lifeNot just a good read but an essential desktop reference for anyone working in mental health who is interested in instilling hope in clients who may have doubts of their ability to transcend the chemical imbalence in the brain version of mental illness or parents of young people with developmental disabilities His holy trinity of brain mind and relationships as what makes us human places Dan Seigal as a paradigm shifter extrordinaire Worth reading over and over IMHO If you know the value of meditation but have trouble finding the self discipline this book will reingnite your motivationThe title may be misleading The actual title of the edition I read was Mindsight change your brain and your life and there were a couple of other titles in the Goodreads list which just read Mindsight I was fortunate to hear Dan Seigal speak at the Mind and it's potential conference in Sydney Nov 2009 and picked up a signed copy

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Mindsight The New Science of Personal Transformation

Istories 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 brainThrough 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 techniues 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 sou Pieces of mind integrated into peace of mind Only a highly human genius like Daniel Siegel could write such a masterpiece that magically transforms the complex science of interpersonal neurobiology into an understandablecompelling fascinating and exciting read He beautifully weaves the concept of mindsight the process that enables us to monitor and modify the flow of energy and information in our brains so we can achieve the ability to objectively look inward to our subjective internal world into the journey of creating healthy stable compassionate and flexible relationships with the self and others He provides illuminating guidance for this literally mind altering journey via clearly explained emerging neuroscience research clever acronymsmetaphorsmodelsillustrations fascinating case studies at times humbling personal experiences mindfulness techniues spiritual wisdom and gracefully written prose Siegel convincingly conveys how integrating the pieces of the mind ie consciousness horizontal vertical 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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 MD 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 h The problem with books of this nature are unfortunately named This is true of this book Mindsight The New Science of Personal Transformation sounds as self help y and new age y as a book title can get It does have some of those elements but it's of a sciencepsychology book I read a lot of these books because I find the brain and psychology endlessly fascinating I try to figure out what makes some people are douche nozzles and some not If listening to peoples problems on a daily basis had appealed to me I may have gone into the fieldYou know what they say about people who find the subject of crazy fascinating?CheckWhat I keep coming across in different books lately is this word mindfulness It's meditation basically and learning to pay attention to your mind and the thoughts that trudge though it Notice them and put them aside and in there place instead of letting them make you crazy The meditation doesn't have to be complicatedno beaches forestbirds are necessary Just pay attention to your breath count each breath and in and out cycle up to the count of ten If you have a thought creep in at any point put it aside and start over at the count of one Keep going until you can get to the count of 10 and beyond without a thought Not as easy as it might sound I have done this a few timespracticed and an odd thing happened I started noticing my thoughts and the things I was about to say to people slightly removed from them I would notice that what I was about to say was a bit mean and could stop myself before I let it fly Before I might have let it fly Also what I liked about this book and this author is that when he would treat a patient he would not reach for the prescription pad first off He would do therapy and mindfulness training I have a problem with how readily doctors reach for the drugs first these daysThere is much to this book than I can cover here so if you are interested give it a read


10 thoughts on “Mindsight The New Science of Personal Transformation

  1. says:

    The problem with books of this nature are unfortunately named This is true of this book Mindsight The New Science of Personal Transformation sounds as self help y and new age y as a book title can get It does have some of those elements but it's of a sciencepsychology book I read a lot of these books because I find the brain and psychology endlessly fascinating I try to figure out what makes some people are douche nozzles and some not If listening to peoples problems on a daily basis had appealed to me I may have gone into the fieldYou know what they say about people who find the subject of crazy fascinating?CheckWhat I keep coming across in different books lately is this word mindfulness It's meditation basically and learning to pay attention to your mind and the thoughts that trudge though it Notice them and put them aside and in there place instead of letting them make you crazy The meditation doesn't have to be complicatedno beaches forestbirds are necessary Just pay attention to your breath count each breath and in and out cycle up to the count of ten If you have a thought creep in at any point put it aside and start over at the count of one Keep going until you can get to the count of 10 and beyond without a thought Not as easy as it might sound I have done this a few timespracticed and an odd thing happened I started noticing my thoughts and the things I was about to say to people slightly removed from them I would notice that what I was about to say was a bit mean and could stop myself before I let it fly Before I might have let it fly Also what I liked about this book and this author is that when he would treat a patient he would not reach for the prescription pad first off He would do therapy and mindfulness training I have a problem with how readily doctors reach for the drugs first these daysThere is much to this book than I can cover here so if you are interested give it a read


  2. says:

    After almost a year of having read this amazing book I opted for rewriting a worthy review The spirit of this book has always been with me during the past year The insights Dr Siegel provides to human mind and emotion are just marvelous You start to see events and their effects on you from a whole new perspectiveI learned a lot about human brain its structure and the way to cultivate and steer its power After getting to know the insights and techniues included in the book I've never felt peaceful and in control of my emotions even in the toughest of moments and that's the invaluable gift the book has for you I hope you read this masterpiece and benefit as much as I did and gain the ultimate peace of mind


  3. says:

    I read this book as part of a reading group at work We had read Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman and we had mixed feelings about that book We had enjoyed the ideas but were disappointed by a lack of practical suggestions for personal growth Siegel's Mindsight only focuses on one of Goleman's domains of emotional intelligence self awareness but that piece is the fundamental one on which all other skill of social and emotional intelligence are builtSiegel's book describes many practical actions one can take to increase self awareness These techniues will sound familiar to anyone familiar with mindfulness traditions observing the breath the sensations of the senses sensations within the body thoughts connections to others but he brings a different perspective Siegel is a practicing psychotherapist with an interest in understanding the neuroscience behind different techniues Instead of presenting mindfulness practices from a religiousspiritual point of view he presents these practices from a practical eg case study oriented and scientific point of view For those who have studied mindfulness from a spiritual perspective this book will broaden your perspective For those who see mindfulness as new age woo woo this book shows the scientifically and practically grounded effects and benefits of mindfulness practicesThat said this book was much focused on the stories of the case studies than on the concepts or the science This was interesting but most of us in the reading group would have liked to see this coupled with a conceptual presentation Oddly enough the author would have preferred that too We had coordinated the reading of this book with a visit from Dr Siegel In addition to giving an interesting talk Dr Siegel was generous enough to have a focused session with the members of the reading group During that talk he revealed to us that he wrote this book for a general audience and most people learn best through stories However he did have another book which as he put it contains everything his editor would not let him put into Mindsight That book is The Mindful Therapist and I look forward to reading it


  4. says:

    This book is much about neurology than your typical self help book I enjoyed immensely the first part which presents the advancement in neuroscience and theory of the mind The second part focuses on a number of psychotherapy study cases and the use of mindfulness in their treatment to leverage neuroplasticity I felt that this second part while interesting was not very helpful in practice 35 stars


  5. says:

    Mightsight is an interesting book about the neuroplasticity of the brain To uote Mindsight is a kind of focused attention that allows us to see the internal workings of our own mindsNeuroplasticity is the ability for the brain to grow new pathways between neurons that fire in your mind which create new pathways These new pathways mean you can change You can strengthen the areas that you are weak in and learn how to make better healthier choices as a person He talks about finding a deep core within where you can observe your thoughts and feelings and not be tossed around by them or caught up in them I really loved this book it made me miss my psychology classes oh so much Yes it's true this book may be a little dense for people not fascinated by the brainbehavior link It reuires concentration focus and attention to get through and isn't a breezy read However Dr Siegel does write in a way that is understandable and easier to follow than other brain based books I read He sprinkles his chapters liberally with analogies some pictures acronyms and vignettes to help the reader understand the abstract concepts Part One focuses mainly on the brain and neurology 101 Part Two is actual experiences with his therapy clients the problems they came in with and how applying his theory involving Mindsight these patients were able to change their minds and way of thinking and were much happier as a result He talks about mood swings OCD couples therapy overcoming your past overcoming trauma and even developing the lesser used half of your brain to enjoy all aspects of life fully It's definitely inspiring to hear the problems and then after consistent sessions see how his clients are helped although I do wish there had been a bit specific techniues on how to strengthen your mind He recommends writing meditating exercise and a regular sleep schedule which I try to do now anyway Since specific steps were lacking it kind of made me feel like I wanted to sign up for some therapy with this guy to help me become responsive to life not reactive I hope to adhere thoroughly to all the ideas in this book because the results he describes are so awesome and empowering I definitely could read it again and continue to try everyday to apply these principles into my life My favorite uotes many sections in the book


  6. says:

    Pieces of mind integrated into peace of mind Only a highly human genius like Daniel Siegel could write such a masterpiece that magically transforms the complex science of interpersonal neurobiology into an understandablecompelling fascinating and exciting read He beautifully weaves the concept of mindsight the process that enables us to monitor and modify the flow of energy and information in our brains so we can achieve the ability to objectively look inward to our subjective internal world into the journey of creating healthy stable compassionate and flexible relationships with the self and others He provides illuminating guidance for this literally mind altering journey via clearly explained emerging neuroscience research clever acronymsmetaphorsmodelsillustrations fascinating case studies at times humbling personal experiences mindfulness techniues spiritual wisdom and gracefully written prose Siegel convincingly conveys how integrating the pieces of the mind ie consciousness horizontal vertical memory narrative state interpersonal and temporal domains ultimately results in enhanced peace of mind fulfilling reciprocal relationships and the ability to feel connected to a much larger whole Mindsight clearly shows how seeing the mind can enhance our individual and collective livesYour brain will never be the same after fully integrating the literally mind altering concepts of Mindsight


  7. says:

    I really enjoyed this book It basically makes the case that a lot of problems people go to counseling for can be addressed by a form of mindfulness meditation It describes how the brain drives behavior and then presents a series of case studies detailing ways a brain can drive negative or destructive behavior And then illustrates how each patient was able to use practised focused attention to train the brain out of bad habits rewiring it to work better I share some of the problems presented in his case studies and it was very helpful to see that other people share my exact problems and it is simply the result of parts of the brain not operating in balance I also find the idea that i can retrain my brain into healthier patterns By indulging in what is or less a form of mindful meditation It's still hard work but it gave me hope that i can retrain myself into better modes of beingThe only thing i didn't like is it seemed a little light on techniues and helpful things to practice It taught me a lot about what's wrong but less about how to fix it Also he's invented the buzzword mindsight and insists on using it constantly in hopes it will catch onRecommended if you suffer from depression anxiety or other emotional disconnects although maybe as a library rental


  8. says:

    Yet another book that supports the importance of meditation or as I like to call it now Self directed intentional authorship Good read I especially enjoyed hearing all the success stories of people who managed to overcome life long mental illnesses by using the power of their focused attention Too much of our lives appears to be fear based living which with its gradual grinding and gnawing saps the positive energy of our lives It isn't surprising that this is the case it is how we have survived as humans for thousands of years Unfortunately most of that fear is simply psychological dead weight that we continue to lug around The author contends that it is possible to free ourselves of that through careful and focused meditation geared towards self awareness Feeling the emotions but not identifying with them letting them wash over us like the waves of the sea To resolve unhealed issues of our past we have to develop a coherent narrative of our lives that makes sense to us That is part of how we move on and get over the pastSo many good ideas from this book I wish I could just perfectly remember them allThis book has many fascinating ideas and for some odd reason I keep finding myself with books like this on my shelf without me really seeking them out hmmm


  9. says:

    An accessable but rigorously researched take on neuroplasticity with useful approaches to how mindfulness can assist in overcoming a range of what are usually considered mental illnesses only treatable with medication A uniue and clear approach to the uestion of what is mind and what is brain incorporating relationships into the concept of what it is to be human and the importance of attachment in infancy and how issues with attachment can be addressed in adulthood A positive and inspirational contribution to the applications of the neurobiology of brain plasticity in psychotherapy and personal fulfillment in lifeNot just a good read but an essential desktop reference for anyone working in mental health who is interested in instilling hope in clients who may have doubts of their ability to transcend the chemical imbalence in the brain version of mental illness or parents of young people with developmental disabilities His holy trinity of brain mind and relationships as what makes us human places Dan Seigal as a paradigm shifter extrordinaire Worth reading over and over IMHO If you know the value of meditation but have trouble finding the self discipline this book will reingnite your motivationThe title may be misleading The actual title of the edition I read was Mindsight change your brain and your life and there were a couple of other titles in the Goodreads list which just read Mindsight I was fortunate to hear Dan Seigal speak at the Mind and it's potential conference in Sydney Nov 2009 and picked up a signed copy


  10. says:

    This book was really interesting to me in light of my current interest in substance dualism; the idea that we have a soul that is immaterial and yet can influence the brain while being influence by the physical itself Siegel is uite obviously a scientific naturalist yet he is unlike many others in that he is willing to live with the mystery that the mind is non physical and this was fascinating to me Mind in his mind of course is just the magical result of evolution and as of yet it can't really be understood or explained scientifically but its reality is obvious; this consciousness this ability to think about thinking to have beliefs freewill and volition is commonsense The main idea of the book is we need mind sight the ability to be an observer of the happenings within our brain The low road as he calls it is influence by desires personality trauma memories and evolutionary factors of fight flight and freeze among many other things will cause us to do extremely inappropriate and irrational things if we let it have its way But since we are not only our brain we can in essence take a step back and observe that what is happening inside of us is just mere happenings in parts of our brain that most often are influenced by our childhood and genes The emotions and irrational fear or self destructive tendencies are not our identity these things can be changed And through mindfulness we can rewire our brain He never calls the mind our soul which is important since I am sure he wants to remain a respected academic yet the theist could easy reference this book in making a cause for a soul that fills the body and that the only reasonable explanation for this non physical mind is A MIND the Spirit who fills the universe For how can non thinking materiel create a non phyiscal mind through the process of evolution? After Siegel writes about the mind the rest of the book is filled with examples of psychoanalysis with his patients With each person he discovers the childhood events that has resulted in their current issues and helps the patient by getting them to understand that what they are feeling is located in the brain and that the brain can be rewired through mindful effort Recognizing whats happening inside and the why its happening takes a lot of the wind out of the sails I like that he never wanted the patients to blame other or see themselves as victims but wants to help them to rise above it through mindsight But yeah I am making a mess of this review I think I ought to stop


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