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The Developing Mind, Second Edition: How Relationships and the Brain Interact to Shape Who We Are [Hardcover]

Daniel J. Siegel
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17 April 2012 146250390X 978-1462503902 2

This bestselling book put the field of interpersonal neurobiology on the map for over 100,000 readers. Daniel J. Siegel goes beyond the nature and nurture divisions that traditionally have constrained much of our thinking about development, exploring the role of interpersonal relationships in forging key connections in the brain. He presents a groundbreaking new way of thinking about the emergence of the human mind and the process by which each of us becomes a feeling, thinking, remembering individual. Illuminating how and why neurobiology matters, this book is essential reading for clinicians, educators, researchers, and students interested in promoting healthy development and resilience. New to This Edition *Incorporates significant scientific and technical advances. *Expanded discussions of cutting-edge topics, including neuroplasticity, epigenetics, mindfulness, and the neural correlates of consciousness. *Useful pedagogical features: pull-outs, diagrams, and a glossary. *Epilogue on domains of integration--specific pathways to well-being and therapeutic change.

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  • Hardcover: 506 pages
  • Publisher: Guilford Press; 2 edition (17 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 146250390X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1462503902
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16.4 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"With the original publication of The Developing Mind, the field of interpersonal neurobiology was born. Siegel's genius for synthesizing and humanizing neuroscience, attachment, and developmental theory made the book a bestseller and attracted thousands to this new field. The second edition benefits from over a decade's worth of additional findings, reflections, ideas, and insights. I encourage you to take Siegel up on his offer to share this fascinating journey, whether for the first time or for a return trip. You won’t be disappointed." - Louis Cozolino, Pepperdine University, California, USA 

"Siegel describes his book as 'a journey into the developing mind,' and no one is better equipped to invite psychotherapists and other students of human impulses to share this remarkable adventure. In clear and inspired prose, he reviews facts and theories about the human brain that can be difficult to grasp. He explains how the brain differentiates and enables the creative and passionate mind of a child to share meaningful intentions, experiences, imaginative beliefs, relationships, community, culture, and language. He puts this understanding in the service of a humane and respectful psychotherapy that can give integrity to young lives that have become anxious, chaotic, and rigid." - Colwyn Trevarthen, University of Edinburgh, UK

"When I first read The Developing Mind, I thought it was an amazing and unique book that provided enormous insight into children and their development. I had no idea why a second edition would be needed. But now that I have read this second edition, I realize that the book has reached perfection. Its conceptual integration of mind, brain, and relationships is magnificent. The second edition will provide every teacher, therapist, and parent with a rich understanding of how our interactions with kids shape their brains, minds, and their entire future. Everyone will want to read this book again and again." - John M. Gottman, author of The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work

"A tour de force of synthesis and integration. Siegel has woven a rich tapestry that provides a compelling account of how our interpersonal worlds and neural systems form two important pillars of the mind. The second edition brings the latest neuroscientific evidence to the fore; it is a 'must read' for any student or professional interested in mental health, child development, and the brain." - Richard J. Davidson, University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA

"When The Developing Mind was first published, Siegel's proposal that mind, brain, and relationships represented 'three aspects of one reality' essential to human well-being still seemed closer to inspired speculation than teachable scientific knowledge. Just over a decade later, the neurobiology of interpersonal experience has grown into one of the hottest areas of psychological research. Over two thousand new references in the second edition testify to just how far neuroscientists, developmental psychologists, and clinicians have brought the field as they begin to more fully chart the interplay of mind, body, and relationships. This splendid second edition – at once accessibly written and meticulously documented – provides a comprehensive guide to this emerging science." - Sarah Blaffer Hrdy, University of California–Davis, USA

"The seamless integration of scientific knowledge with a profound understanding of subjective experience and human relationships is a rare gift that this book bestows with effortless grace. Siegel continues to excel in his ability to describe the latest findings of neuroscience in accessible language that weaves a masterful tapestry of the synergy linking brain, mind, and experience." - Alicia F. Lieberman,University of California, USA, and Child Trauma Research Program, San Francisco General Hospital, California, USA

"The Developing Mind, Second Edition, is a compelling, thoughtful, and immensely readable account of the fascinating ways the brain, mind, and relationships co-evolve and interact throughout development. Rigorously updated, this volume captures the enormous and diverse progress within the field of interpersonal neurobiology over the course of the last decade. Siegel is a wonderful storyteller and teacher with a real gift for bringing the complex to life in such a way that it seems almost simple." - Arietta Slade, The City College and City University of New York, USA


About the Author

Daniel J. Siegel, MD, is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Semel Institute, David Geffen School of Medicine. He is co-investigator of the Foundation for Psychocultural Research/UCLA Center for Culture, Brain, and Development; Co-Director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA; and Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute. An award-winning educator, Dr. Siegel is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is also the author of Mindsight, The Mindful Brain, The Mindful Therapist, and the Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology, and coauthor of Parenting from the Inside Out and The Whole-Brain Child. Dr. Siegel's psychotherapy practice includes children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Fantastic Update!!! 13 Aug 2012
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This Second Edition is fantastic! It reiterates with force many fundamental insights the author shares in his other recently published books, like Pocket guide, Mindsight or Mindful Therapist.

But this is not a repeat - rather, it is a new presentation, fruit of the consecutive learning loops turning incubation into mature fruit!!

The book offers more than an updated reference framework in the area of interpersonal neurobiology. The author walks his talk by creating a relationship or entering into an energy and information process with the reader, so that by reading the book you are not just picking up bits of information... In fact, you are participating in the process in which you build new knowledge into your system, experiencing the most fundamental promise of the Daniel Siegel's discipline: the changing of your brain though focusing your attention on the novelty carried by the author's message.

Clear language, consistent and coherent presentation style - all this makes a read even more satisfying and enriching experience, even if you are not a native speaker of English (like me). Must have. Brilliant writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the rest of the story 4 July 2013
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30 years ago as an undergraduate I took neuroscience, and developmental psychology, So many unanswered questions, so much research to do. Fast Forward not only to 2000 ed1 but to 2012 2nd edition, and so much of the story has been filled in. The progress on Attachment Theory, and the knowledge from so many scientist, are foot noted in this excellent book. There are some places where the author extends proposed frameworks but the underlying science makes those proposals cogent.
This book has changed my concept of not only the developing mind, but of a concept of how I think of the mind, brain and experience of relationships.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy and exciting reading for an average shmo 13 Feb 2013
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I love reading about the brain but cannot read books that are pretentious or use language that only a Harvard PhD could understand. This is neither. It is quite simply an easy (but thick) book that really puts the brain into perspective and can actually teach you a thing or two or twenty about how the brain develops and what we need to do to make it work better for us. Highly recommend
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book 1 Dec 2012
By Marcia L. Howland - Published on
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The Developing Mind. This is a seminal work that pieces science and behavior together. Helpful for my Ph.D. research. All care giving professionals should read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Information 9 Mar 2013
By Diane Rae - Published on
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Easy to read information! It gave me insight into how important interpersonal interactions are to the brain. We can change our brains!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Developing Mind is a text which you can revisit time and time again. 12 Dec 2012
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Daniel Siegal's works are ever inspiring for those practitioners whose mind never stops thinking...why? This text goes beyond "the nature and nurture" dichotomy.
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