I learned so much about behavior and the human brain, and how you can change it and form new wavelengths and patterns.
It was logical and concise and informative.
Well, I listened to this while driving, so he brought me vocals so I wouldn't crash. lol
No, it's far too long with far too much to process.
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.
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.
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...
Coherence and actual science to back up his claims. This work smacks of "truthiness". There is a lot of empty assertions, dressed up in a thin veneer neuro-babble, and a bit of sleight of hand that takes you from something very general about the brain, to something very specific that is mumbo jumbo. No references, no science. Just assertions and a story about a client or two.
Probably not. Not very convinced by this book. Harry G. Frankfurt's philosophy has this book pinned.
It's hard to know where to start. I really didn't expect this to be a marathon listen to boring stories about how wonderful a therapist the author is.
All of it.
Money back guarantee?
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.
It's hard to rank this book based on the books I have listened to on Audible so far. I've listed to dozens- ranging from Richard Dawkin's to The Trilogy - His Dark Materials. Among the psychology/ self-help books I've read, this is by far the best. I've read (or had read to me) The Emotional Life of the Brain by Richard Davidson (highly recommend), The Gifts of our Imperfections ( Brene' Brown- I liked it until it got all spiritually centered) and this one. I loved everything about this book. Dr. Siegel explains complex ideas in a simplified manner, which leads to greater understanding slowly over time. This books has inspired me to read more about neuroplasticity and the brain in general.
The more I listened to this book the more I started to see myself in some of his patients. I found myself crying, laughing, and relating to a lot of the moments in their lives. This has inspired me to find a therapist near me who specializes in this type of cognitive therapy.
It took me about a week to get through it because I wanted to keep going back to make sure I understood the concepts. When I related to a patient, or a portion of their story, I would often repeat the section, or bookmark it to share it with my boyfriend. It is a captivating book, and I am starting my second pass at it today.
The psychology student in me loved this book because it showed me how scientific and forward thinking psychology is. The perfect blend of psychology and biology.
Dr. Siegel's book helped give me a solid direction I'd like to pursue in my psychological degree and training.
The patient in me loved this book because it aligned perfectly with my cognitive proclivities and my desire to understand myself from the inside (biologically)- out. It is very safe to say, and I am not exaggerating when I say, this book changed my life.
About the narrator- the author himself- I wouldn't trade his voice, even with a few imperfections (which honestly, I didn't notice even after reading other critiques), because HE wrote it... there is something very special, to me, about hearing the voice of the author read his own work.
Good book, well written. Helps you understand what goes on in your head and how to analyze yourself. Basically, mindfulness. It was not all that revolutionary, but if the concept of mindfulness is new to you, this book would provide some new insight to how the brain works.