I look back at those "idea-milestones" with a new understanding, given the new neuroscience; each idea is here in Dr. Siegel's book with a more well-defined backdrop in the mind.
The book synthesizes a lot of new research and inventively applies that very practically to how we can more effectively heal. It is complex, addressing several aspects of our minds from different angles, combining many disciplines, linking differentiated languages into a new language. If that sounds overwhelming, it was for me! But it is also very personal, with the stories of Dr.
Siegel and his patients and others being a main vehicle of expression, and it is very enjoyable to read.
There is a heart of compassion and humanity at the center of the book, and the concept of mindsight. I see myself and relationships utterly differently. I see how utterly dependent we are on each other and our cultures, for our own mental health integration and our own physical health, and for being able to express our potential in this world.
Our brains can't develop in a vacuum and only develop to reflect the quality of our relationships. But the flip side is that it is possible to re-sculpt the brain in positive directions, in a therapeutic relationship, and in our relationships with ourselves and others. I also see, from the chapter on a couple's therapy, that a crucial element of healing is to see your own, and in this chapter especially others', minds from a place of curiosity, openness, and acceptance, to respect each other's developmental history and how it has shaped each other's minds.
I particularly feel this call for respect in how I have thought of my childhood and ancestral heritage, and the diagnostic labels that have helped me to make sense of it. A piece that I can see differently is that infantile rage provoked by brakes and accelerator at the same time , an ancestral heritage, is something stuck in the brain, and it can be unstuck, but especially that it can be seen for what it is, without letting it cloud and muddy one's compassion toward family.
The two can be separated.
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I myself am struggling to heal from PTSD and severe environmental sensitivities. I feel more hope with these new mindsight approaches. A common theme across chapters is healing the implicit patterns from childhood, unconsciously driving our lives, so that we can become authors of our own story, as we come more into the present and move into our future.
That said, I also have financial obstacles to getting access to these treatments. I aspire to reach the "transpirational" part of my journey p. In the meantime, I have turned a corner in developing my own mindsight with Dr.
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Siegel's books building on graduate school, Jungian therapy, meditation, and ACA. Turning this corner has made so much difference in the day-to-day, moment-to-moment quality of my life.
I had devised a new meditation based on Dr. Siegel's with co-authors 3 books on parenting, before I read Mindsight. Now I see that my 4 phrases are very related to mindsight, and I want to share them because they have meant so much to me on my journey I use them frequently, like a lovingkindness practice : I have a tender, open heart to [my current experience] I am aware and accepting of [my current experience] I an relaxed and soft [in my body as I hold my current experience] I am quiet and calm [as I keep company with my current experience] Developing mindsight "can give us access to [the] receptive self" p.
Another view-altering insight I had is that while I myself am aware of at least 9 traumatic adulthood events that may have given rise to my PTSD, I would need to track the body sensations and images of my trauma-activated episodes, with an emotionally safe specialist, to find the actual moments in time where the situations overwhelmed me. I don't have any explicit memories of where the implicit trauma sensations are arising from, when I experience my almost-daily episodes.
When we discovered the actual moments, then I would have to re-experience the actual moments, with the specialist, and with a dual focus one foot in the past, one foot in the present , and connect them into a narrative and integrate them into explicit memory. Siegel's understanding of the brain finally got that missing piece through to me. The implicit sensations are coming from specific moments of my past that I cannot as yet pinpoint.
This isn't mere speculation but the result of twenty-five years of careful hands-on clinical work by Daniel J. Siegel, M. 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.
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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. More by Daniel J. Siegel See more. The research is clear: Show up! One of the very best scientific predictors for how any child turns out—in terms of happiness, academic success, leadership skills, and meaningful relationships—is whether at least one adult in their life has consistently shown up for them.
In an age of scheduling demands and digital distractions, showing up for your child might sound like a tall order. Instead, showing up means offering a quality of presence. But when we give a child a sense of safe harbor, she will be able to take the needed risks for growth and change.
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And thrive! In this pioneering, practical book, Daniel J. Siegel, neuropsychiatrist and author of the bestselling Mindsight, and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson offer a revolutionary approach to child rearing with twelve key strategies that foster healthy brain development, leading to calmer, happier children. And especially in young children, the right brain and its emotions tend to rule over the logic of the left brain. No wonder kids throw tantrums, fight, or sulk in silence.
Complete with age-appropriate strategies for dealing with day-to-day struggles and illustrations that will help you explain these concepts to your child, The Whole-Brain Child shows you how to cultivate healthy emotional and intellectual development so that your children can lead balanced, meaningful, and connected lives. The authors include a fair amount of brain science, but they present it for both adult and child audiences.
I urge all parents who want kind, happy, and emotionally healthy kids to read The Whole-Brain Child. This is my new baby gift. Reviews Review Policy. Published on. Weaving the narrative of his own life, his intellectual and clinical journey and the experiences of his clients through his explanation of deep clinical theory and sophisticated practice, he has written a book that reads like a mystery novel.
Rooted in groundbreaking scientific research and searching professional practice, it is also a deeply compassionate and human account of what it is to be human.
Mindsight has powerful lessons for doctors, parents and educators, and for all of us who are trying to make sense of how we make sense of things. How do we see the mind and learn to tame it for a happier and healthier life? Filled with engaging stories, Mindsight uses cutting edge science and deep humanity to address the questions that we all have about the mystery in our skull. An intrepid navigator of the vast sea inside us all, he maps the territory and offers amazing insights into how to benefit from the journey.
His work will forever change the way we understand ourselves and our relationships. Daniel J. Siegel integrates two of the most important discoveries of our time: the cutting-edge research into the brain functions relevant to understanding our emotions, and the discovery that our brains are plastic and can grow and change through properly guided mental activity. Through beautiful and often remarkable case histories, he shows us the principles we can use to better understand ourselves and, more often than we might imagine, change our minds, brains, relationships, some lifelong character traits, and even the course of some important mental illnesses.
Accessible and visionary, Mindsight is bound to be a classic. Mindsight offers a fascinating synthesis of his innovative ideas about the implications of the new brain science for understanding relationships and the processes of human change. Siegel helps the reader understand how we can change our dysfunctional habits of mind and become more flexible, adaptive, coherent, energized, and stable.