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Siegel (Parenting from the Inside Out) combines Western neuroscience with Eastern meditation in an exciting exploration of how a troubled mind can right itself. Drawing on current science and case studies, Siegel, a clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA School of Medicine, reinforces the idea that the power of reflection allows us to approach, rather than withdraw, from whatever life brings us. And learning to stay with a feeling, even a threatening one, is the beginning of discovering that this emotion is just a set of neural firings in our brain. There is enormous pain in the clinical cases: 31-year-old Allison's back pain conceals a painful memory; 12-year-old Sandy is stuck in a panic expressed in obsessive-compulsive behavior. But there is also enormous hope—that therapy, sometimes even without medication, can guide a patient through life. Siegel's method isn't a quick fix and doesn't sugarcoat reality: The mindful traits of serenity, courage and wisdom involve accepting our place in the order of things. He challenges his patients to a life of tough work and convincingly suggests it will be well worth the effort. (Dec. 1)
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The concept of emotional intelligence, or EI, rather than IQ as the true barometer of social success has been a hot topic in psychological circles since Daniel Goleman’s landmark Emotional Intelligence (1995). Yet, according to UCLA psychiatrist Siegel, Goleman’s personal friend and fellow Harvard alum, the notion of “mindsight,” or the mind’s knack for stepping back and analyzing its own thought processes, is just as critical. Drawing on cutting-edge neurobiological research and Eastern meditation practices as well as studies conducted by his own, L.A.-based Mindsight Institute, Siegel presents a convincing case that mindsight’s dual focus on mindfulness and empathy can literally rewire the brain and catalyze greater personal fulfillment. In 12 lucid yet scientifically grounded chapters, he provides the evidence for mindsight’s powerful effect on human behavior and then presents a guidebook for developing and applying mindsight in one’s life. Unlike his earlier, more academic works, Mindsight is refreshingly accessible, offering solid practical advice while avoiding the naive optimism of many mainstream self-help books. --Carl Hays --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Editorial Reviews
Excellent read. Learned a lot about the brain's functions and how one can access the frontal cortex to improve judgment and responses to stress. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Carolyn Brennan
Helped me understand the very important people in my life. Some having various difficulties with the ability to freely communicate. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Joy Schieferstein
This book does a great job in bringing an understanding to western culture of the mindfulness process. Read morePublished 1 month ago by BW
I'm reading through it the second time to pull out healing activities for the mind.Published 1 month ago by Mona Halverson
There is quite a bit of technical information in the book such as detailed neurophysiology . This makes the reading a bit dense. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Fran Keeler
I have been working for a while on being free of the automatic functions of thought and emotion because they often tangle and trip me when I least expect or need a more useful... Read morePublished 1 month ago by David C
Most revealing for anyone curious enough to delve into the problems that have caused their withdrawal from relationships and closed them off from warmth and intimacy.Published 2 months ago by Lyman Ward
I found this book to be fascinating and educational. I appreciated the real life applications, the before and after scenarios.Published 2 months ago by ftmomandbusinesswoman
Daniel J Siegel has an ability to compassionately capture the essence of how and why neuroplasticity gives us more and more opportunities to have a joyful life--No matter how old... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Z'eva Singer