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Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation Hardcover – January 12, 2010
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This book belongs in the hands of everyone in the helping profession. It's also written in such a way that your clients/parenting students, spouses, friends can use the meditations and other suggestions by Dr. Siegel to begin to rework their story into a cohesive narrative. Boomers will love this, as they search for reasons why their lives may not be working. Dr.Siegel's suggestions for rewiring take time, but I'm convinced they are well worth the time involved. There appears to be a better life awaiting all, who are dealing with confusion or a weak sense of self.Read more ›
Mindsight is a fantastic resource for teachers, because knowing how the brain learns; why your connection to your kids helps learning; and, why kids lose it when they get frustrated (and what to do about it) changes the way you deal with them in a positive way. I know because I teach and use Mindsight to train teachers.
It is a valuable resource for therapists, because teaching people how their brain works gives them hope and a huge amount of power in their own lives. I know this from my own experience as a psychologist.
Mindsight, written in two sections, combines factual presentation with captivating story for an integrated reading experience.
Buy and read Mindsight. You will need to own it, because if you are like me, you will put it down - mull it over - go back pick it up - and re read parts. I've been having this long term dialog with Mindsight since I read it, I think you will too.
Kirke Olson, PsyD[...]
It took a while to figure out why this book was not for me. Three reasons:
First, this book isn't primarily about mindfulness as its title suggests. Siegel has his own well-developed system of therapy. It includes mindfulness, yes, but also a lot of neuroscience, interpersonal therapy, and psychoanalysis (i.e., using insights about one's upbringing to bring about a cure.) Though the word psychoanalysis is never used, it seems to me that it is the dominant strand in his system.
For example, he writes, "With mindsight I was able to make use of the reflections that arose from that conflict [a run-in with his son] to arrive at more clarifying insights into my own childhood experiences."
So because mindfulness is not the main theme, or for some other reason, it is not very thoroughly developed--certainly not as much as in many other books I've read. Hence my disappointment.
The second problem I had is that the bulk of the book is made up of clinical cases (stories of the lives of the author's patients and the therapy he does with them) and stories from the author's life. I find that a few such cases in this kind of book can be illuminating, but reading one story after another becomes tedious.
Third, this book is not directed at helping the reader use the techniques that are mentioned.Read more ›
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Seigel knows his stuff! He puts mindfulness into perspective, and makes us understand the need for and benefit of living in the present moment, with awareness and balance. Read it.Published 12 days ago by Betsy A. Hester
A lot of information. Simply put forward. Ran out of motivation to keep reading, will come back to it maybe. Read morePublished 14 days ago by asil79
I think this is a great book and worth reading.......the first part is a little hard and I had to re-read it a couple of times explaining the function of the brain.... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Rosemary
I was given an audio copy of this book several years ago, but didn't listen to it for a long time. Once I did, I was captivated. Read morePublished 21 days ago by M. Treadaway
Daniel has a CD where he read the book...great information about the power of mindfulness.Published 2 months ago by Bruce T. Smith
I enjoyed reading this book for class! It definitely helped in understanding right and left brains, and how one can connect both!Published 2 months ago by Teresita Barrera
This is one of the most powerful books I've read. It has influenced the way I see myself and my relationships. It's also very well written. Highly recommended.Published 2 months ago by Musikus