Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation

Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation

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by Daniel J. Siegel
     
 

ISBN-10: 0553804707

ISBN-13: 9780553804706

Pub. Date: 01/12/2010

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

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

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Overview

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, 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 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 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.

A 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-transforming.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553804706
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/12/2010
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
304,034
Product dimensions:
9.48(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.13(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Daniel Goleman v

Introduction: Diving into the Sea Inside ix

Part I The Path to Well-Being: Mindsight Illuminated

1 A Broken Brain, a Lost Soul: The Triangle of Well-Being 3

Minding the Brain: The Brain in the Palm of Your Hand 14

2 Crepes of Wrath: Mindsight Lost and Found 23

Minding the Brain: Neuroplasticity in a Nutshell 38

3 Leaving the Ether Dome: Where is the Mind? 45

Minding the Brain: Riding the Resonance Circuits 59

4 The Complexity Choir: Discovering the Harmony of Health 64

Part II The Power to Change: Mindsight in Action

5 A Roller-Coaster Mind: Strengthening the Hub of Awareness 79

6 Half a Brain in Hiding: Balancing Left and Right 102

7 Cut Off from the Neck Down: Reconnecting the Mind and the Body 120

8 Prisoners of the Past: Memory, Trauma, and Recovery 145

9 Making Sense of Our Lives: Attachment and the Storytelling Brain 166

10 Our Multiple Selves: Getting in Touch with the Core 190

11 The Neurobiology of "We": Becoming Advocates for One Another 210

12 Time and Tides: Confronting Uncertainty and Mortality 232

Epilogue: Widening the Circle: Expanding the Self 255

Acknowledgments 263

Appendix 267

Notes 271

Index 301

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Emily-S More than 1 year ago
Through awareness of how the brain works and awareness of our behaviors, we open ourselves up to personal growth and change. By awareness of the phisology impacting our emotional triggers, we can literally change the architecture of our brains. The author Dan Siegel combines western neuroscience with eastern philosophy of mediation, presenting the ideas that through attention, brain science, and mindfulness can literally change the way the brain functions. The book is presented in snippets of chapters and sub-headings to give myself easy places to stop and take food for thought.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book for advanced or beginners interested in the workings of the mind and the healing that can occur through practices directly related to brain function. Excellent popular explanation of differences and interrelatedness of brain stem, limbic regions and cortex. Highly recommend.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book and loved the way Daniel was able to bring the science of the mind into a perspective that is easy to understand and visualize.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dr. Daniel Siegel offers an accessible review of the brain using the most current and ground-breaking scientific research today. He is a master storyteller combined with decades of psychiatric, pediatric, and medical experience. This book has helped me in my own work as a grief counselor. I highly recommend this work as well as The Whole-brain Child. Excellent!
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