- Series: Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology
- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (November 18, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393707628
- ISBN-13: 978-0393707625
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.6 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #975,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Healing Moments in Psychotherapy (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology) 1st Edition
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“In this rich volume, Daniel J. Siegel and Marion Solomon bring together a fascinating group of leading thinkers, scientists, and clinicians to link such potent themes as emotion, mindfulness, attachment, and neuroscience into an integrated whole. Healing Moments in Psychotherapy is supremely relevant to the working therapist who wants to understand the theory and science behind good practice.”
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“Healing Moments in Psychotherapy is a wonderful collection of essays from a well-integrated, multidisciplinary team of therapists and scientists, exploring the powerful capacity of human interactions to effect growth and change. A must-read.”
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- Ed Tronick, University Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Massachusetts; Lecturer, Harvard Medical School
About the Author
Daniel J. Siegel, MD is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and completed his postgraduate medical education at UCLA with training in pediatrics and child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. He is currently a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, founding co-director of UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center, founding co-investigator at the UCLA Center for Culture, Brain and Development, and 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 psychotherapy practice spans thirty years, and he has published extensively for the professional audience. He serves as the Founding Editor for theNorton Professional Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology which includes over three dozen textbooks. Dr. Siegel’s books include Mindsight, Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology, The Developing Mind, Second Edition, The Mindful Therapist, The Mindful Brain, Parenting from the Inside Out (with Mary Hartzell, M.Ed.), and the three New York Times bestsellers: Brainstorm, The Whole-Brain Child (with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.), and his latest No-Drama Discipline (with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.). He has been invited to lecture for the King of Thailand, Pope John Paul II, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Google University, and TEDx. For more information about his educational programs and resources, please visit: www.DrDanSiegel.com.
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As a result, I felt puzzled by Dr. Siegel's efforts to define and explain certain terminology of Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB), to say the least. For example, he attributes great importance to chaos and rigidity. Here is his extended discussion of these seemingly key terms:
"Extended chaos can be seen to have unpredictability to the point of dysfunction and an experience of an intrusive disarray of feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. Extended rigidity includes complete predictability to the point of losing a sense of vitality and spontaneity, and a repetition of feelings, thoughts, and behaviors that make an individual unable to adapt" (page 251).
But who is doing what in these two sentences? There is no doer in the subject slot of either of these sentences. In my judgment, these two sentences are not well written.
Here's another passage in which siegel discusses these two key terms:
"From an IPNB perspective, we see disorder, no matter the etiology, as arising from impaired integration. The resultant dysfunction revealed as rigidity or chaos" (page 6).
Evidently, rigidity and chaos are catch-all terms for all kinds of dysfunction. But do these two ways of categorizing dysfunction actually help psychotherapists to better understand dysfunction - better than the single term "dysfunction" by itself would?
By definition, IPNB considers disorder to be the result of impaired integration. As a result, integration is needed to resolve the disorder.
Siegel says, "Psychotherapy from an IPNB perspective suggests that healing emerges from integration, including honoring the differences between left and right hemispheres [of the brain] and then cultivating their linkages" (page 7).
Later, Siegel says, "Healing in therapy emerges with integration. And integration is associated with - that is, it may actually be the root mechanism of - positive emotion. We not only feel good because of healing, but healing's fundamental mechanism within integration means that integration (the root of positive affect) actually creates the positive felt sensation associated with healing" (page 10).
Now, for the sake of discussion, let's consider the title of John Bradshaw's book HEALING THE SHAME THAT BINDS YOU (1988; rev. ed. 2005). Siegel discusses healing, and so does Bradshaw.
According to Bradshaw, the kind of shame that binds us is toxic shame, not healthy shame. According to Bradshaw, toxic shame binds our emotions. According to Bradshaw, when we experience healing of our toxic shame, we also experience the un-binding of our previously bound emotions.
But Siegel refers to this kind of healing as integration. According to Siegel, when healing integration occurs, we then experience positive emotions. According to Bradshaw, this kind of healing releases our previously bound emotions.
In conclusion, if you have studied Siegel's books, you might find this anthology of works interesting. However, if you have not studied his books, you might find these pieces jargon-laden.