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.
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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.
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.