Don't be deceived by listening to the provided clip on audible, that is the forward, narrated by someone else. I can't help but wonder if something went wrong with the download, Siegels voice is extremely slow, warbled, nasally. I listened to it high speed on my IPOD, which makes it a normal reading speed, but you still have his warbly voice, if you don't have high speed feature, you may need lots of mindsight to listen to this book, else you'll shoot yourself!
College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.
of sociology, psychology and neurology to help us understand how the neuroplasticity of the brain is influenced by and also influences all of our daily interactions and how we can take advantage of neuroplasticity to enrich our lives and those of others. That this book was endorsed by Daniel Goleman (Social Intelligence--Emotional Intelligence) was a big factor for me going in. Siegel extends Goleman's work, forging further ahead into the neurological realms to show us how our biology works in conjunction with our most intimate, and most casual interpersonal and social encounters--and what we can do to better them. I had just finished Doidge's The Brain That Changes Itself before beginning this book, and I recommend that they be taken together, in whichever order. Also helpful would be Sapolsky and Vishton's Great Courses lectures on the brain, also available on Audible.
Dr. Siegel's basic premise is to practice Zen Buddhism as a form of psychotherapy. As far as it goes, this therapeutic idea probably works wonders if Dr. Siegel is the one administering the therapy session. As a practice on your own it would be more difficult, and it would require more discipline and insight than most mentally ill people are able to muster. The idea of mind-body therapeutics is refreshing, especially since it comes from a medical doctor with such a prestigious background, but is it really practical? By practical I mean would an insurance company be willing to pay for medical services that essentially amount to meditation practice? Probably not. The idea that meditation practice is positive for remolding the brain and becoming self-aware is good information. The suggestions to practice Buddhist like meditation is probably helpful, but keep in mind that most forms of psychotherapy are found to be equally effective. So if Dr. Siegel were to do a scientific investigation to find out if this form of therapy were more effective than Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, traditional talk therapy, or even simple bible study and prayer, it would make the information more significant, but until a scientific evaluation of this type of therapy becomes available I would question the usefulness of Dr. Siegel's therapeutic solutions.
The author's intriguing topic gets lost in the thicket of in-depth patient profiles. I didn't want to hear a narrative of his patients' therapy sessions, but to learn about his novel approach to the "science of personal transformation." Sadly, chapter after chapter goes into in-depth patient profiles. Illustrative examples can illuminate a point, but here they smother it.
Very thorough and well researched but I ended up turning it off 1/2 way. I think the explanations were just too long and the theory and principles of mindfulness and positive psychology overcomplicated here.
book is mostly about mystical mindisght and how beneficial it is (mystical because all what author does - is to explain where in brain emotions are born and that this knowledge somehow helps you too live fully, happily e.t.c.). useless book, full of stories from his practice (which can't be used by anybody) and nothing else...
I hate when author dive so lavishly into their own life experiences in a book that suppose to be scientific. Almost half of the book is taken from Authors clinical practice which is pretty redundant even for a self-help book.
and.. whats up with this "Mindsight" meme ? he is using it like an advertisement buzzword. Author is trying to repackage the ancient knowledge with his own buzzwords..which is not appreciated.
I like to listen to adventure stories and funny stories. I have a real preference for travel tales and sometimes even enjoy a good mystery. I love fiction, but also like to learn facts. I like all kinds of stories. Follow me, if you do too!
Not what I expected - not really helpful or applicable to MY life. Too much background info and not enough "Meat".
The content and structure of the book were great for informing readers of the many benefits of mindfulness meditation in improving mental health. I really enjoyed the stories that were presented because they helped to give context. The examples were varied enough to cover many types of people and situations.
I was so moved by the 92 year old grandfather who was able to discover his feelings for the first time and re-kindle his relationship with his wife and children.
As you will see, the author's voice is rough and at times distracting. I got used to his voice but it definately detracted from the overal experience of the book.
There were parts that truely warmed the heart! I actually listened to some of the book twice.
There was no hype, no big promises, but it delivered more understanding than most books I've read about psychology. Also, the compassion that Dr. Siegel tells his stories with is evident and beautiful.
When the man in his 90s connects with his feelings when no one was sure he could.
When the teenage boy learns from Dr. Seigel that it's his brain that's causing his problems rage and other issues and learns to use mindfulness to calm his mind rather than continuing the normal cycle.
If you've struggled at all with any kind of mental difficulties this book is a useful tool to help you understand how the brain works and gives you solid, tested, strategies to use.