The Developing Mind: How Relationships and the Brain Interact to Shape Who We Are / Edition 1

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This book goes beyond the nature and nurture divisions that traditionally have constrained much of our thinking about development, exploring the role of interpersonal relationships in forging key connections in the brain. Daniel J. Siegel presents a groundbreaking new way of thinking about the emergence of the human mind and the process by which each of us becomes a feeling, thinking, remembering individual. Illuminating how and why neurobiology matters, this book is essential reading for clinicians, educators, researchers, and students interested in human experience and development across the life span.
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Editorial Reviews

American Journal of Psychiatry

"Fulfilled my wildest expectations. Instead of laboriously struggling to learn about neurobiology, I found myself fairly effortlessly assimilating information because 1) the author is able to present his material in the context of interpersonal relationships in general and the treatment dyad in particular, and 2) the author is a master of lucidity, avoids pedantry, and succeeds in making his data clinically useful."--American Journal of Psychiatry (on the first edition)

Educational Leadership

"Readable, thoughtful, and informative."--Educational Leadership (on the first edition)

Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

"I knew that this book was one I should keep handy when I wanted to improve my understanding of information on which the future science of psychiatry will be based."--Journal of Clinical Psychiatry (on the first edition)

Psychiatric Times

"A remarkable book....The Developing Mind boldly transcends the reductionism that characterizes so much of contemporary psychiatry."--Psychiatric Times (on the first edition)

Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry

"The story Siegel tells is indeed fascinating, essentially describing the transactional processes that happen at the interface between developmental neurobiology and the environment of an individual. He links every level of the system from cell chemistry to brain architecture, to caregiver-infant attachments, to interpersonal relationships in adulthood....This is a book to stimulate, illuminate, and drive our understanding of human developmental processes forwards and I suspect that The Developing Mind will be seen as a milestone work in the future."--Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry (on the first edition)

Canadian Child Psychiatry Review

"Brilliant....It should probably not be read at one sitting, but sifted slowly as you would a 20 year old port....This is not just a book for bright psychiatric residents or child fellows, but child psychiatrists young and old, overworked or underpaid. It offers a glimpse of new horizons in the profession."--Canadian Child Psychiatry Review (on the first edition)

From the Publisher

"This amazing synthesis of neurobiological research and clinical expertise should forever lay to rest the mind-brain dichotomy. The book is beautifully constructed, including highly readable descriptions of brain development, information processing, models of memory and narrative, and the importance of attachment in human development. Siegel also shows how healthy relationships and psychotherapeutic interventions can offer us a 'second chance' to undo maladaptive patterns and insecure early attachments. This book is suitable for anyone working in the fields of mental health or neuroscience, and will be a superb guide for medical students and psychiatric residents." --Clarice J. Kestenbaum, MD, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University

"This beautifully written book achieves many things at once. It provides a much-needed, user-friendly description of the latest knowledge about brain development and function. It helps us to understand crucial links between neurobiology, subjective experience, and human relationships. It places the findings of attachment theory research in a solid biological context that explains the lifelong impact of early experience. It shows how trauma affects biological, emotional, and interpersonal functioning. And it does all of this with such clarity, compassion, and even humor, that the reader is left with a feeling of gratitude for having learned so much so effortlessly. This book is important and timely, and should serve as a standard reference for anybody interested in the mind--which is to say, anybody interested in the human experience." --Alicia F. Lieberman, PhD, Professor of Medical Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco

"In this extraordinary book, Siegel creatively integrates state-of-the-art knowledge of emotional development, neurobiology, cognitive science, attachment research, and and complexity theory. The resulting model cogently describes how a developing brain/mind organizes itself in the context of an emotional relationship with other brain/minds. This cutting-edge volume is essential reading for clinicians, researchers, and anyone who is intrigued by one of science's fundamental problems--the psychobiological origins of the human mind." --Allan N. Schore, PhD, School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles

"Siegel's brilliant, concise synthesis of cutting-edge research in cognitive neuroscience and attachment theory provides the family therapist with a powerful way of understanding the origins of our behaviors in relationships. When I have shared these ideas with the families, couples, and students I see in clinical practice and in teaching, their response has been overwhelmingly positive. Siegel helps us make sense of mysteries of experience with which we all wrestle." --Gillian Walker, MSW, Senior Faculty, Ackerman Institute for the Family, New York

"This book offers an invaluable analysis and synthesis of the research and theory on the brain development of children. In a field where the volume and complexity of the research can be daunting, Siegel provides a real service. For professionals who want to understand the field, for practitioners who want to be well-grounded in research and theory, and for anyone who wants a truly deep understanding of human relationships, this book is one of the best places to turn." --Ellen Galinsky, MS, President, Families and Work Institute, New York

"For mind scientists, these are exciting but humbling times. As we learn more about the brain, we see how one-sided our abstract models of mental life have been. Focusing on what single heads can perceive, think, and learn, neuropsychology has disregarded our inborn ability to imitate, imagine, and sympathize with the feelings of others. This clear and straightforward book sets forth a new understanding of how communicated emotions influence the regulation of brain circuit growth and the consolidation of cognitive systems. Siegel demonstrates an impressive grasp of how the brain is believed to know and remember, a deep sensitivity to the joys and sorrows of human relationships, and a child psychiatrist's will to bridge the gap between scientific and clinical knowledge. This book will be of interest to clinicians, clinicians-in-training, and all those wishing to stay abreast of the new, more natural science of communicating minds." --Colwyn Trevarthen, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Edinburgh, UK

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572307407
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 394
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 10.92 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel J. Siegel, MD, is an internationally acclaimed author, award-winning educator, and child psychiatrist. He is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine, where he serves as Co-Investigator at the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development and Co-Director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center. He is also the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational center devoted to promoting insight, compassion, and empathy in individuals, families, institutions, and communities. Dr. Siegel's books include Mindsight, The Mindful Brain, The Mindful Therapist, Parenting from the Inside Out, and The Whole-Brain Child.

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Table of Contents

I. Introduction: Mind, Brain and Experience
II. Memory
III. Attachment
IV. Emotion
V. Representations: Modes of Processing and the Construction of Reality
VI. States of Mind: Cohesion, Subjective Experience and Complex Systems
VII. Self-Regulation
VIII. Interpersonal Connection
IX. Integration
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  • Posted February 24, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    This informative book is a must read for all those seeking to understand attachment research in biological context. Daniel J. Siegel profound yet easily accessible exposition of human developmental processes will appeal to anyone who desire for greater understanding of lifelong impact of early experience. (Payam Ghassemlou MFT, Ph.D.)

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