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I am currently, at the age of 42, finishing up two bachelor degrees - one in psychology and the other in anthropology. I have also been practicing mindfulness through disciplines like Tai Chi, Yoga and seated meditation for the last 12 years.
I think Siegel has done the most holistic and comprehensive job of covering the power of being mindful, and what it means to our social relationships! There is an amazing amount of digestible information in this book. Highly recommend it! If you are NOT a student of neurobiology you may want to take some notes so as not to get lost; there are a lot of layers to what he is offering within this work.
Keep an eye on this man's work, he is onto some powerful ways of understanding the processes of what it is to be a human being.
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What made the experience of listening to The Neurobiology of 'We' the most enjoyable?
I think it is so important that nonfiction audiobooks be given by the researcher/teacher. These topics are complex and just reading them from a script by a vocal performer can be brutal to a listener, so I truly loved hearing Siegel talk about his work. I could not tell if he was reading the book/script but the information was effectively delivered in a way that felt like we were having a conversation.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The whole "book" moved me. The whole field of neuroscience "moves" me. I am a different person because of it and I highly recommend this text for those interested in the subject. I will also say I listened to this book cleaning my house during the day while reading The Body Keeps the Score when I went to bed a night--and between these two very complementary texts everything has changed for me.
Any additional comments?
I would like to personally thank the author for sharing his work in a way that is accessible to the broad public. He has been given a true gift for teaching and research. No, it wasn't always easy to understand some of the science but he asked his listeners to bear with him, and so I stopped my cleaning or whatever and hung on trying to do so.
Which leads to my one minor but really important suggestion, and that is to provide the listeners with a few handouts of some of the brain roles and processes described within if this is at all possible. As I listened I found myself with a burning desire to plot out some of what was presented on a big chalkboard so I could get a grip on these big brain ideas that had my forehead bunched up and aching as I searched for understanding and clarity on a subject (brain science) I know very little.
Siegel did provide good verbal direction for visualizing the brain stem as your arm, and reptilian brain as thumb, with other parts folded over but somehow I didn't get that until a friend showed me. Maybe even just offering little suggestions for visual learners to draw and map out a few of these processes on a piece of paper might offer an additional accessibility to the ideas presented. Of course, listeners could just buy the book in it's physical form, but buying twice isn't always an option.
So, fellow "readers," if you are wondering if to click that button to purchase, I would highly suggest that you do.
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Difficult to follow at times, as the content can run from very technical, heavily scientific into somewhat over simplifying the conclusions.
Some amazing insights about the brain and about our behaviours.
Makes neurobiology accessible to all the people and includes the truly psychological soulful aspects of what it means for us to know these things about how our brain and neurological processes work. Thank you kind sir for sharing your work.
It was all quite interesting. I was looking forward to all the information being tied together. unfortunately that is were the book ended. I felt that the last half of the book was missing.
Requires a fair bit of concentration. But Daniel has most amazing content and narrates it so well. It provides insight into the evolution and connections of the human brain. Then allows the reader motivation to explore personal growth through the bigger and the smaller picture of humanity and mindfulness.