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Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation | [Daniel J. Siegel]

Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation

From everyday stress to severe trauma, many obstacles to a full life can be overcome by developing what Dr. Daniel J. Siegel calls "mindsight," our ability to perceive the mind and literally redirect the flow of energy and information within our brains. Through this powerful capacity for insight and empathy, we can "rewire" crucial connections, create dynamic linkages, and open ourselves to relationships in a new way.
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From everyday stress to severe trauma, many obstacles to a full life can be overcome by developing what Dr. Daniel J. Siegel calls "mindsight," our ability to perceive the mind and literally redirect the flow of energy and information within our brains. Through this powerful capacity for insight and empathy, we can "rewire" crucial connections, create dynamic linkages, and open ourselves to relationships in a new way.

Based on thirty years of work with patients and on research drawn from nearly a dozen scientific fields, Mindsight brings these concepts alive through vivid case histories that show what happens when mindsight is missing, and how it can be strengthened in nine essential areas. Listeners of My Stroke of Insight or The Brain that Changes Itself will discover new ideas about memory, emotion, trauma and brain-mind integration - plus a richer sense of their own humanity.

©2010 Daniel J. Siegel; (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    John New Orleans, LA, United States 01-20-11
    John New Orleans, LA, United States 01-20-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Great book, but the narrator is horrific!"

    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!

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 10-07-13
    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 10-07-13 Member Since 2008

    College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.

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    "Excellent combination..."

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    michael EAST PEORIA, IL, United States 04-05-12
    michael EAST PEORIA, IL, United States 04-05-12 Member Since 2005

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    "A little slow, but interesting enough"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Silver Spring, MD, United States 09-17-11
    Michael Silver Spring, MD, United States 09-17-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Too much time on patient anecdotes"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mira Perth, Australia 08-18-11
    Mira Perth, Australia 08-18-11
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    "Gets a little boring"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sergey New York, NY, United States 05-16-11
    Sergey New York, NY, United States 05-16-11 Member Since 2009
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    "waste of time"

    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...

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    K. Solanki 10-25-10
    K. Solanki 10-25-10 Listener Since 2010
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    "Midiocre/Semi-Autobiographical Book"

    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.

    20 of 43 people found this review helpful
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    Reney Dunedin, FL, United States 08-04-10
    Reney Dunedin, FL, United States 08-04-10 Member Since 2010

    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!

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    Not what I expected - not really helpful or applicable to MY life. Too much background info and not enough "Meat".

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    Roger Bethesda, MD, United States 11-05-13
    Roger Bethesda, MD, United States 11-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Benefits of Mindfulness on Mental Health"
    What made the experience of listening to Mindsight the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mindsight?

    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.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There were parts that truely warmed the heart! I actually listened to some of the book twice.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 09-18-13
    Laurie SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 09-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    "What an insight into the mind"
    What made the experience of listening to Mindsight the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mindsight?

    When the man in his 90s connects with his feelings when no one was sure he could.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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