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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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Even if you hated your college psych classes, you will love this book. Siegel brilliantly shows--through case histories with his own patients--the connection between what we experienced as children and the physical responses our brains had to those experiences. And how it all adds up to how we act as adults.

With all the talk about right brain/left brain going on these days, this books shows how we become more one than the other. And how you can change that if you need to.

I especially love how he uses mindfulness meditation (nah, don't be scared) to help his patients get in touch with their inner workings. And what revelations come from it!

This book is touching, funny, incisive, and truly beautiful.

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  • LA DIY
  • Granada Hills, CA, United States
  • 05-18-11

Lots of information, perhaps too much.

While it's clear to me that the author is quite knowledgable when it comes to the psychotherapeutic and physiological aspects of the topic, my overall experience was one where I found my attention wondering amidst a sea of rationale, stories, descriptions, and advice. The information appears to be solid and Mr. Segel seems like a genuine, caring person with lots of experience and a great degree of knowledge. What was lacking, for me, was a clear description of the PRACTICE of "Mindsight." This book does a good job of making the argument for mindsight, talking about the many benefits, recalling stories having to do with various subject matter, etc., but when I was done listening to it, I didn't feel like he showed me how to use the information. This is more of a description of how the author thinks of and used Mindsight principles with his own clients, as opposed to helping the listener create a practice for actually personally transforming through the application of his methods. I found the use of 'story' and detailed descriptions of how the brain works overly complex and unnecessary. Still, the information is solid and holds promise as an integrated self-care practice. Perhaps a volume II will describe more fully how to actually practice Mindsight.

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  • Chris
  • Kansas City, MO, United States
  • 08-18-10

Best psychological model I've heard of..

Essentially illuminating inner conversations which form personality traits and actions, Daniel's self-awareness meditation based therapy empowers clients to dissect their inner motivation for abnormal behavior. I've never heard someone get more clearly to the root of the problem. Grounded in reality and respectively fact, his case studies are relevant to the point that I have suggested this book to friends with exact same issues.

26 of 27 people found this review helpful

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Good Insight into the Brain

I've been practicing something like what Siegel talks about for the past 4 months. People that know me well say that I'm a very different person; more relaxed and more focused. I'm surprised when friends will tell me this out of the blue.
Listening to this book has helped put it all into context. Having practiced this, I'd have to agree that the author knows what he is talking about.
Great book. Very insightful.

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  • Lisa
  • Basel, Switzerland
  • 03-22-11

Excellent Book, with one small exception

I would have given this book 5 stars except that I found author's voice so distracting. He has a gravelly voice (think Rod Serling) and I kept wanting to clear my (his) throat and therefore found it a bit difficult to concentrate on the content of what he was saying. That said, it was an excellent book for those who enjoy case studies and want to know how Mindfulness is practiced. Other readers found the explanations of various brain functions to be a bit heavy-going. I felt it answered exactly those questions I had been wondering about. I look forward to more from Dr. Siegel, but hope next time he opts for a professional reader.

37 of 39 people found this review helpful

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  • Tiffany
  • Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • 08-30-10

Great book, must read

Truly enjoyed this book. Not one to read unless you can give your undivided attention but definitely worth your time. Looking forward to listening to it again! Fascinating theories of the mind and great neurological explanations for why we react the way we do. Made me want to read more of Siegel's work!

22 of 23 people found this review helpful

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This is a well written and insightful book which is full of practical information. Mr. Siegel does a wonderful job narrating, as well. I'm very glad that I listened to it. You should too!!!

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  • Jock
  • Altona Meadows, VIC, Australia
  • 06-02-10

Great book a little to much detail.

This is a great book about why we feel things and how to understand them. I found a little too much detail in the naming parts of the brain. I would have given it 5 stars, but for the mono tone voice of the reader. Daniel is no doubt a very good clinician and his voice would be very calm in that context but not for keeping the listeners interest. I will however be listening to this book several time to get the most out of it.

30 of 33 people found this review helpful

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Relevant and insightful

As usual, Dan Siegel's work offers a fascinating look into the neurobiology of our connections and how we can use mindsight to gain further benefits from understanding our selves. This book lends itself to untrained readers and professionals alike, much more so than did The Developing Mind

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  • Matthew
  • Sebastopol, CA, United States
  • 03-17-10

Provokes thought long after...q

Truly wonderful and useful! Don't let the Latin names of brain structures deter you from surfing the fascinating arc of this book, and the richness of observation that fertilizes our understanding of the Human Animal. The implications of the human brain's capacity for adaptive, structural change are radical for our lives. The implications for society and humankind are beyond staggering.

37 of 43 people found this review helpful

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  • Dr
  • 12-01-14

Great insight into the mind

If you could sum up Mindsight in three words, what would they be?

Moving, life-changing, fascinating

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mindsight?

The fact we all see different things when we look at the same object based on our past experience.

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

Good balance of science and anecdote. the case studies really help to illustrate the points. The description of the brain is fascinating and easy to understand.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

What is the mind?

Any additional comments?

Great book for helping you think through your past and that of your significat other and how it has made you what you are and more importantly that you can change if you want to.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Shabra Dowson
  • 12-23-12

Effective personal development.

Brilliant audio book, it’s read by the author and it felt like having my own wise therapist telling me all the good stuff I needed to hear. If you’re interested in the way the brain works and also interested in the way your particular brain works then this is for you. He is clued up on the latest research and suggests wise things to do like mindfulness meditation and taking exercise. It isn’t escapist listening so maybe not the best thing in the car if you’re already stressed about life. I’m ready to listen to it all again and I’ve also bought the book as a reference.

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  • chris
  • 02-19-15

Great content - difficult hoarse voice reading

What did you like best about Mindsight? What did you like least?

Novel way of looking at brain, mind, soul, body.

Would you be willing to try another one of Daniel J. Siegel’s performances?

I am not sure if I will finish completely this audiobook without returning it. The reader is for me very difficult to listen to. The author has a hoarse voice which distracts me from proper concentration on the content. I wish, a professional narrator would perform the reading.

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  • Mervyn
  • 03-14-15

'Read' it 5 times!

Masterful! Perfect for a beginner like me in understanding the Mind! Daniel presents a clear and precise discussion on the interrelated manner in which the brain and the mind are inextricably connected. The first section is brilliantly simple in its explanation of how the mind and the brain work. The application of the theory discusses in section one interlocks completely! Awesome read!

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  • Santiago
  • 09-21-17

Mindfulness + psychotherapy

This book is about solving psychological issues by becoming aware about your own mental processes and brain quirks.The cases presented are really interesting. Even if you "don't need therapy", a part of you can probably identify with the problems, traits and troubles of the patients described.
I wasn't too impressed by the theoretical framework and the couple of acronyms that the author offers, but the exploration of real cases was very interesting.

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  • Paula
  • 08-03-17

Great explanation of our brain!

Author fully explains our brain-emotion processes in "human" language.
I slightly speeded up the record, but voice is nice and easy to listen.

If you go through some emotional downs in your life, this book probably will explain why and how to solve them!

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  • Ewan Melling
  • 05-22-16

Life Changing

Excellent structure, content and delivery. Also try, no drama discipline and the whole brain child by the same author.

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  • jerome
  • 10-04-15


Thanks for giving sense to my world!
Delivered in a thoughtful manner with understandable case studies
Many thanks

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  • Natalia
  • 05-06-15

Amazing book to help you change your brain

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Definitely. This book will totally give you hope to change your brain. If you have tried medicines and therapy for depression and nothing really worked, try this book.

What other book might you compare Mindsight to, and why?

It is actually quite different from the other books dealing with the same topic. I would say this is my favorite.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Daniel J. Siegel?

I would because I really liked the content of the book but honestly the author's voice is terrible for that.

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

I had little epiphanies while listening to it.

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  • M. Rashid
  • 04-01-15

A genius book by a genius mind.<br />

Dan Siegel explains the complicated topic of mind and brain in such an easy to understand and wonderful way. A must read for everyone.

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  • Michael
  • 08-25-15


A masterful work by a humble unassailable expert. I was introduced to this work to help understand and free myself from a very traumatic past. I recommend the book to anyone who knew pain growing up, any parent who would like to ensure they don't pass on their own pain to their children.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Nathan
  • 11-29-16

A key understanding and happiness in all people :)

Every human could benefit greatly from reading and understanding the concepts of the mind within this book , loved it ! one of the best books I've ever listened to , thank you Daniel .

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-15-17

Must read - get your mind to change your brain

While the chapters are introduced with the worst New-Age tinkling and tone and the author uses a subdued voice as though he is speaking in a library, the content is so good that I have listened to the book 3 times already. I'll will go through it again soon.

Plasticity is a recognized feature of our brain and the author provides proof, mechanisms and processes for your mind to change your brain. It doesn't matter if you are 9 or 109, you can modify the neuronal links and thicken your pre-frontal cortex increasing a host of social skills and improving your relationships with your spouse, friends and customers.

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  • Kel
  • 08-08-17

loved it!

i didn't want this book to end. I read a lot of books about the brain and neuroplasticity but this one was the best I've read. I'm just about to hunt for more books by this author. Really interesting. ...great information that you can apply to your own life or your therapy practice