Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation

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Bantam Books, 2010 - Medical - 314 pages
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From a pioneer in the field of mental health comes a groundbreaking book on the healing power of "mindsight," the potent skill that allows you to make positive changes in your brain-and in your life.

Foreword by Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence

* Is there a memory that torments you, or an irrational fear you can't shake?
* Do you sometimes become unreasonably angry or upset and find it hard to calm down?
* Do you ever wonder why you can't stop behaving the way you do, no matter how hard you try?
* Are you and your child (or parent, partner, or boss) locked in a seemingly inevitable pattern of conflict?

What if you could escape traps like these and live a fuller, richer, happier life? This isn't mere speculation but the result of twenty-five years of careful hands-on clinical work by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. A Harvard-trained physician, Dr. Siegel is one of the revolutionary global innovators in the integration of brain science into the practice of psychotherapy. Using case histories from his practice, he shows how, by following the proper steps, nearly everyone can learn how to focus their attention on the internal world of the mind in a way that will literally change the wiring and architecture of their brain.

Through his synthesis of a broad range of scientific research with applications to everyday life, Dr. Siegel has developed novel approaches that have helped hundreds of patients. And now he has written the first book that will help all of us understand the potential we have to create our own lives. Showing us mindsight in action, Dr. Siegel describes

* a sixteen-year-old boy with bipolar disorder who uses meditation and other techniques instead of drugs to calm the emotional storms that made him suicidal
* a woman paralyzed by anxiety, who uses mindsight to discover, in an unconscious memory of a childhood accident, the source of her dread
* a physician-the author himself-who pays attention to his intuition, which he experiences as a "vague, uneasy feeling in my belly, a gnawing restlessness in my heart and my gut," and tracks down a patient who could have gone deaf because of an inaccurately written prescription for an ear infection
* a twelve-year-old girl with OCD who learns a meditation that is "like watching myself from outside myself" and, using a form of internal dialogue, is able to stop the compulsive behaviors that have been tormenting her

These and many other extraordinary stories illustrate how mindsight can help us master our emotions, heal our relationships, and reach our fullest potential.
 

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User Review  - Hebephrene - LibraryThing

Superlative. I was resistant as I picked up Siegel's book for parents but then that was because anything written in the self-help vein causes brain freeze and or nausea. This book does the best job of ... Read full review

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User Review  - wifilibrarian - LibraryThing

An excellent inspiring book on the mind and how taking a introspective approach to your thoughts and feelings through simple mediation techniques. The author demonstrates through many stories of how ... Read full review

Contents

The Triangle of WellBeing
3
The Brain in the Paſm of Your Hand
14
Mindsight Lost and Found
23
where Is the Mind?
45
Discovering the Harmony of Health
64
Strengthening the Hub of Awareness
79
Balancing Left and Right
102
Reconnecting the Mind and the Body
120
Memory Trauma and Recovery
145
Attachment and the Storytelling Brain
166
Our Multiple Selves Getting in Touch with the Core
190
Expanding the Sef
255
Notes
271
Index
302
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About the author (2010)

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., is clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, co-director of the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, and executive director of the Mindsight Institute. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, he is the author of Parenting from the Inside Out and the internationally acclaimed professional texts The Mindful Brain and The Developing Mind. Dr. Siegel keynotes conferences and presents workshops throughout the world. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.

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