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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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    Ivan Vega Rivera Mexico City, Mexico 11-05-12
    Ivan Vega Rivera Mexico City, Mexico 11-05-12

    Geek since before geek was hip

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    "Being conscious"
    What made the experience of listening to Mindsight the most enjoyable?

    I love learning about the way "things" work.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Joshua Landin Corvallis, Oregon 10-09-12
    Joshua Landin Corvallis, Oregon 10-09-12
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    "Overall, very good listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Mindsight to and why?

    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


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Bronte Fairy Meadow, Australia 10-08-12
    Bronte Fairy Meadow, Australia 10-08-12 Listener Since 2006
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    Would you listen to Mindsight again? Why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Mindsight to and why?

    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.


    What does Daniel J. Siegel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    An enthusiasm for the material.


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

    There were many "Oh Yes" moments when he made points about left and right intergration but I liked the 'feeling felt' concept.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

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    K. Burnett reno 10-04-12
    K. Burnett reno 10-04-12 Member Since 2012
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    "very insightful!in the top 10"
    Where does Mindsight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    top ten


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    n/a


    Which scene was your favorite?

    n/a


    Any additional comments?

    an amazing look into the mind and brain... can't imagine that no spirituality existed in the ideas behind this book!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    William SALEM, OREGON, United States 09-20-12
    William SALEM, OREGON, United States 09-20-12
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    "A tale of two books--one VERY good, the other not"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Mindsight to and why?

    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.


    How could the performance have been better?

    SPEED UP! :) :)


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

    Not really... I enjoyed the application of the material, but there was not a particular part that was moving or an "A HA" moment.


    Any additional comments?

    I think the author's explanation of the brain itself (the physical structure) was one of the better explanations...

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    Mary Tucson, AZ, United States 08-21-12
    Mary Tucson, AZ, United States 08-21-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Mindsight: The science of knowing yourself"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I appreciated the direct connections Dr. Siegel made between his clinical practice and the theories, ideas and practices that he describes to develop mindsight.


    What aspect of Daniel J. Siegel’s performance would you have changed?

    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.


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

    Just really interesting and it inspired me to develop my own mindsight.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Today Matters Missouri 07-25-12
    Today Matters Missouri 07-25-12 Member Since 2010
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    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.

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    K. L. Huver 07-08-12
    K. L. Huver 07-08-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved the information but it got kind of redudant"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


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

    no, but I did want to get back to it every-time I left it alone for a bit


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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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