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Even if you hated your college psych classes, you will love this book. Siegel brilliantly shows--through case histories with his own patients--the connection between what we experienced as children and the physical responses our brains had to those experiences. And how it all adds up to how we act as adults.
With all the talk about right brain/left brain going on these days, this books shows how we become more one than the other. And how you can change that if you need to.
I especially love how he uses mindfulness meditation (nah, don't be scared) to help his patients get in touch with their inner workings. And what revelations come from it!
This book is touching, funny, incisive, and truly beautiful.
84 of 87 people found this review helpful
While it's clear to me that the author is quite knowledgable when it comes to the psychotherapeutic and physiological aspects of the topic, my overall experience was one where I found my attention wondering amidst a sea of rationale, stories, descriptions, and advice. The information appears to be solid and Mr. Segel seems like a genuine, caring person with lots of experience and a great degree of knowledge. What was lacking, for me, was a clear description of the PRACTICE of "Mindsight." This book does a good job of making the argument for mindsight, talking about the many benefits, recalling stories having to do with various subject matter, etc., but when I was done listening to it, I didn't feel like he showed me how to use the information. This is more of a description of how the author thinks of and used Mindsight principles with his own clients, as opposed to helping the listener create a practice for actually personally transforming through the application of his methods. I found the use of 'story' and detailed descriptions of how the brain works overly complex and unnecessary. Still, the information is solid and holds promise as an integrated self-care practice. Perhaps a volume II will describe more fully how to actually practice Mindsight.
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If you could sum up Mindsight in three words, what would they be?
Moving, life-changing, fascinating
What was one of the most memorable moments of Mindsight?
The fact we all see different things when we look at the same object based on our past experience.
What about Daniel J. Siegel’s performance did you like?
Good balance of science and anecdote. the case studies really help to illustrate the points. The description of the brain is fascinating and easy to understand.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
What is the mind?
Any additional comments?
Great book for helping you think through your past and that of your significat other and how it has made you what you are and more importantly that you can change if you want to.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Brilliant audio book, it’s read by the author and it felt like having my own wise therapist telling me all the good stuff I needed to hear. If you’re interested in the way the brain works and also interested in the way your particular brain works then this is for you. He is clued up on the latest research and suggests wise things to do like mindfulness meditation and taking exercise. It isn’t escapist listening so maybe not the best thing in the car if you’re already stressed about life. I’m ready to listen to it all again and I’ve also bought the book as a reference.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
A masterful work by a humble unassailable expert. I was introduced to this work to help understand and free myself from a very traumatic past. I recommend the book to anyone who knew pain growing up, any parent who would like to ensure they don't pass on their own pain to their children.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
Every human could benefit greatly from reading and understanding the concepts of the mind within this book , loved it ! one of the best books I've ever listened to , thank you Daniel .
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