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.
Geek since before geek was hip
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
less technical research and more about the what the writer wants you to take away from this
I listened to it while I was cleaning house ....it helps to stay busy while listening
do not know how it could possibly be a movie that anyone who go see except behavior scientists maybe
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...
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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