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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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    LeAnna 06-18-12
    LeAnna 06-18-12
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    "Very technical"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    less technical research and more about the what the writer wants you to take away from this


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I listened to it while I was cleaning house ....it helps to stay busy while listening


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    yes...


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    do not know how it could possibly be a movie that anyone who go see except behavior scientists maybe


    Any additional comments?

    I would not listen to this again unless I was mopping the floors and cleaning house so you can just get interested in the interesting moments...

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    Angela Hammond Park, Australia 06-03-12
    Angela Hammond Park, Australia 06-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Interesting, a bit serious though."

    I really enjoy popular neuroscience books. Mindsight is an interesting listen. I found Daniel Siegel's reading okay, but a little heavy which means by the end of the book (almost 12 hours) I was happy for it to end. That said, there are some patient cases that I've thought of a few times and when some concepts have appeared in other books I've understood them better because of this book. Worth the listen.

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    P. Metz Kent, WA America 05-06-12
    P. Metz Kent, WA America 05-06-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Lots of New Insight!"
    What did you love best about Mindsight?

    The format of the book was wonderful. The first part is an explanation of the science and theory behind the author's work and the second part was a collection of individual case studies that related each of the topics presented in the first half to real-world scenarios.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mindsight?

    I remember hearing the second real-life story from the second part of the book and thinking, "oh my, that's me." I was driving at the time and had to pull over to take a breather. It was a rush of sudden realization of what was likely holding me back in my life and relationships. Very eye-opening.


    Any additional comments?

    Along with a few other Audible titles, this work does a great job of combining cutting-edge science with real world examples, and spiritual/eastern thinking. This book is excellent if you are stuck in life and wanting to figure out why and where to go from here in order to progress.

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    Diana Prince Winthrop, WA USA 05-01-12
    Diana Prince Winthrop, WA USA 05-01-12 Listener Since 2010

    Diana

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    I enjoyed the author's descriptions of how our brains work and many of the anecdotes. I don't think he really made the case for his Mindsight method, or perhaps there wasn't enough depth for me to really grasp it, or perhaps this is a book better studied in print. I also found his voice somewhat gravelly, which annoyed me at times.

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    janice CLOVIS, NM, United States 04-10-12
    janice CLOVIS, NM, United States 04-10-12
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    "mindsight matters"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    This is one of the freshest presentation of brain and consciousness I have read so far. T Siegel makes complicated brain anatomy, emotion and behavior easier to understand. This book has helped me make small, valid changes in the way I think and interact with others. It has helped me feel like i have more


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    no, it took more than one session for me


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    Missy 03-27-12
    Missy 03-27-12
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    "Thanks, Dr. Siegel!"
    If you could sum up Mindsight in three words, what would they be?

    Life-changing, intelligent.


    What other book might you compare Mindsight to and why?

    The Developing Mind - Dr. Siegel's approach of using neurobiology combined with his decades of experience as a psychotherapist makes for great insight. It is unlike other books that border on spirituality, meditation or the same old platitudes and cliches.Dr. Siegel uses Science and psychoanalytics to explain behaviour and how to solve behavioural and emotional issues.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Just the work he put in. Lucky readers.


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    Ewa 03-03-12
    Ewa 03-03-12 Member Since 2008
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    "So how does the mind work...?"
    What made the experience of listening to Mindsight the most enjoyable?

    It is great content book based on years of medical research and psychological practice of the author. I especially liked the explanation of physical brain processes and mental shortcuts / defend mechanisms developed by our mind.
    The author discusses various cases explaining WHY some mind workarounds happen and offers advice HOW TO become observer of our mind to change its old pathways. Very informative and applicable audio - speaking from the outside of psychology field.


    What about Daniel J. Siegel’s performance did you like?

    Nicely modulated voice, sometimes too slow, although on the other hand I'm not sure if I could get all concepts well on higher speed.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no, these 11hrs were too much, I will be coming back though, especially to second part


    Any additional comments?

    Nice summary at the end of the book.
    Audio could have been divided according to the book (split into 2 parts) - when I followed author's advice to skip to 2nd part I found myself on the 2nd chapter of it already.

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    Srikant Bangalore, India 11-13-11
    Srikant Bangalore, India 11-13-11
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    "This book will demand a lot of attention(mind)"

    The book is very technical and goes really in depth, however for me, it demanded a lot of my attention and time ( I had to listen to some sections multiple times) and also felt the tone and pitch a bit monotonous. For those who like to understand the mind in depth, its not a bad book by any ways.

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    Deborah Fishers, IN, United States 10-24-11
    Deborah Fishers, IN, United States 10-24-11 Member Since 2009

    I sell advertising. My job is to persuade others. I love learning how my mind works so that I can grasp what really motivates me. I also enjoy learning about people who may be very different than me.

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    "This is one of my best purchases on audible."

    First of all it is an excellent book, but the author's voice is so soothing that his narration is icing on the cake. If you are a therapist you should read this book and if you are not a therapist it is even more important that you read this book. How could any of us escape childhood and being a teenager without cuts, scrapes, and bruises? Get ready because this book can put you on the road to freeing yourself of the pain, and it is never too late to begin.

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    kurt 10-20-11
    kurt 10-20-11
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    "Should be called MindNumbing"

    If you are a psychiatrist or a doctor of some kind, you might enjoy this book. The opening story kept my attention for the first 20 minutes and then the book encouraged me to nod off while driving… it is THAT boring. I’m not the kind of person to be super interested in the minute technical details of how the brain works. If I was, I’d be a doctor or at least play golf like one. After listening to a ¼ of the book, I finally had to go to the next book on the list.

    This is another prime example where the author should not narrate his own book. His voice was subtly scratchy and he emphasized parts of the book that were obviously interesting to him, but probably few else.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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