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Mindsight Audiobook

Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Amazon Customer 12-17-14
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    "A boring, unscientific ramble"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Daniel J. Siegel again?

    Probably not. Not very convinced by this book. Harry G. Frankfurt's philosophy has this book pinned.


    How could the performance have been better?

    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.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Mindsight?

    All of it.


    Any additional comments?

    Money back guarantee?

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    Roger 11-05-13
    Roger 11-05-13
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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.


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    Laurie SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 09-18-13
    Laurie SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 09-18-13 Member Since 2014
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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.

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    Stephanie Gentry Portland, OR 07-29-13
    Stephanie Gentry Portland, OR 07-29-13 Member Since 2015

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    "It inspired me to find/be a cognitive therapist"
    Where does Mindsight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mindsight?

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Rissa HOUSTON, TX, United States 04-27-13
    Rissa HOUSTON, TX, United States 04-27-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Something to think about!"

    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.

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    ~W 04-13-13
    ~W 04-13-13
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    "Horrendous Audio Quality"
    Any additional comments?

    It sounds like he recorded it under water. The audio quality is so bad, I couldn't listen to it. He should rerecord the with a skilled narrator.

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    Jennifer Ivanhoe, Australia 03-19-13
    Jennifer Ivanhoe, Australia 03-19-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Really interesting."
    If you could sum up Mindsight in three words, what would they be?

    Fascinating, enjoyable, informative


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mindsight?

    Description of the functional centers of the brain


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

    Always like to hear the author read their own work.


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

    NO


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    Thomas United States 03-05-13
    Thomas United States 03-05-13

    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.

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    "Transformative read for a scientific mind"

    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.

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    Lake San Francisco, CA, United States 11-22-12
    Lake San Francisco, CA, United States 11-22-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Good account of an emerging paradigm"

    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.

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    Mike Grass Lake, MI, United States 11-20-12
    Mike Grass Lake, MI, United States 11-20-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Inspiring and exausting"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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