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.
Fascinating, enjoyable, informative
Description of the functional centers of the brain
Always like to hear the author read their own work.
PhD candidate in Plant Pathology. Love science, love studying FUNGI for all the amazing mysteries. Select books to help me grow internally, so I might better the world and not leave it in worse shape.
This book really supported my inner transformation and brought me back to meditation. Light on science, but not to light. I would say this is a more scientific answer to the 7 habits by Stephen Covey. I would recommend reading the 7 habits first, then this is a great companion book. I look forward to re-reading both and looking deeper into "body-scanning" mentioned in the book.
Dan Siegel's 1999 work, "The Developing Mind," changed the way I thought about the practice of psychotherapy more than any other single book I'd read.
I wasn't alone in that experience, and the new century has seen the elaboration of this paradigm in which the brain is understood as the creator of "mind."
Dan has become the quintessential spokesman for this viewpoint in the psychotherapy community, with frequent appearances, several books, and lots of web based material that makes this complex set of ideas accessible to those who don't have a background in neuroscience.
This work on "Mindsight," provides good access to this thinking and these practices for anyone who would like to understand this new paradigm. The explanations and case examples from Dan's practice are straightforward and easy to follow.
What I particularly enjoy is the relational stance in a psychotherapy that understands and values presence, connection and commitment. The work of the human mind has everything to do with our connections to others, and Dan Siegel masterfully explores this domain as he teaches new ways of understanding what goes on in our heads.
I really enjoyed the first half of this book, very informative and inspiring. I do however believe it was a little drug-out and repetitive.. A lot of examples were given of the same successful practices of the author.
I felt that the author drifted on his position. At the beginning of the book he believes his patients problems could be cured by unlocking their minds potential, then towards the end he ties every problem to a past experience like any other therapist. The second half really takes away from what you get from the first half.
It is beneficial to hear the authors words in reading the book, in particular it makes a complex area much easier to understand.
The potential for anyone to benefit form reading this to help them understand their mind and understanding of "mental health".
It is a comprehensive approach suitable for clinicians and broader public.
Understanding the mind and mental health.
A must for anyone to read to improve self awareness.
I love learning about the way "things" work.
My one pet peeve is that I don't like authors creating new concepts when existing ones work just fine. For me, mindsight is just being aware, conscious.
I can see the usefulness of new terms for some people, but not for me.
If the friend is interested in gaining a new perspective on the mind and how it relates to self and interpersonal relationships, yes. Definitely so if the friend is in a helping profession.
Neurobiology of We and Mindful Therapist. Seigel is a psychiatrist that uses his knowledge of the brain to create an integrative model of awareness and communication. These other books complement each other, go into different depths, and reiterate some of the concepts
You don't need a basic knowledge of neurology or have a psychology background to benefit from this book, but if you do, and are also learning or participating in a helping profession, this books offers an incredible insight to understanding and improving self and relationships.