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.
I am studying psychology and I am a mother so I need as much help with my mind, my children's and my clients (in the future). Listening to this again will clarify some of its many valid points.
The Brain that Changes itself, because Mindsight expands on the ideas of plasticity that are so important to changing our brains and have better mental health outcomes.
An enthusiasm for the material.
There were many "Oh Yes" moments when he made points about left and right intergration but I liked the 'feeling felt' concept.
A complex listen and reading it as well would help with the anatomy of the brain, I have bought the hardcopy and the textbook so I can go through it more closely. Definitely not one to listen while doing the washing, cleaning or ironing, more an embroidery/coffee listen!
an amazing look into the mind and brain... can't imagine that no spirituality existed in the ideas behind this book!
I would recommend part of the book. Part 1 is mostly filled with very good information, and explained exceptionally well. Part 2 of the book has just enough valuable information to make me listen through all the excessive time talking about past patients. Providing some information about the patients to help elucidate or explain the concept is quite worthwhile... however, there is often far more details about the patient than is needed or desired.
The narrator also should talk a bit faster... I run it on 'fast', and it is still far too slow... There are three speeds (slow, normal and fast) for a reason. This narrator removes that advantage by making the fast slow.
The Brain that Changes Itself: Both books provide a very good insight into the brain, and our ability (through neuro-plasticity) to change the structure of our brain. They follow a similar format it helping the listener understand.
SPEED UP! :) :)
Not really... I enjoyed the application of the material, but there was not a particular part that was moving or an "A HA" moment.
I think the author's explanation of the brain itself (the physical structure) was one of the better explanations...
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about the connection between mind, brain and relationships. It's written with a blend of story and science that is very accessible to the non-expert.
I appreciated the direct connections Dr. Siegel made between his clinical practice and the theories, ideas and practices that he describes to develop mindsight.
I found the quality of his voice got on my nerves a little bit. It just seems to come out with two "pitches" at once. It's a bit gravely and I would have preferred a different narrator.
Just really interesting and it inspired me to develop my own mindsight.
I really appreciate the great ideas and writing. Dr. Siegel clearly practices what he preaches and I wish everyone understood as well as he does the capacity we have to transform our experiences through the practice of understanding our minds.
First, I would recommend going straight to learning Mindfulness Meditation. Jon Kabat-Zinn is a good source. If your interested in learning more detail about how it helps you, then you may refer to this book or "The Willpower Instinct" by Kelly McGonigal Ph.D. I actually wish I had listened to the latter first or instead (depending on how much you want to study this area). Siegel narrated himself and has a grovelly voice. I managed to get past it once I settled into listening. There is a lot of good information in here. I disagree with the reviewer about there being too many patient stories. They were helpful in relating to my life, even if it was just sometimes bit and pieces. There was also a reviewer that said Siegel didn't explain how to do or use mindsight. I just think that reviewer needs to listen again for the parts she missed. It helped me understand various mindsets and how the mindfulness can be helpful.
Sure, I would recommend it, but to most people I may recommend skipping the first half of the book unless they really want to be boggled with the very scientific end.
no, but I did want to get back to it every-time I left it alone for a bit