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Mindsight: Transform Your Brain with the New Science of Kindness [Paperback]

Daniel Siegel
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1 April 2011
Using interactive examples and case histories from his clinical practice, Dr Siegel shows how mindsight – the innovative integration of brain science with the practice of psychotherapy – can be applied to alleviate a range of psychological and interpersonal problems. Practical and profound,this book shows us how to harness the power of our minds, master our emotions,heal our relationships, and transform our sense of well-being.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (1 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851687939
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851687930
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 12.5 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Siegel's clinical explanations makes fascinating reading." (Psychologist,The)

"Siegel's clinical explanations makd fascinating reading." (Psychologist,The)


Dr. Siegel’s groundbreaking explorations of the brain provide a remarkable window into the physiological underpinnings of human behaviour. ‘Mindsight’ is a literary MRI: a mind- blowing book that will change the way you think about the way you think. (Arianna Huffington - Editor-in-Chief of the Huffington Post)

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mindsight as therapy 3 Jan 2011
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Daniel Siegel's Mindsight offers a rare combination of clinical case studies and easy to understand neuroscience that allows us to understand his success with the treatment of mental illness. Siegel is a top psychiatrist who has himself experienced the power of meditation and he is brave enough to challenge the status quo and provide powerful evidence that techniques derived from the ancient practice of meditation work at a very deep level on the human psyche. It is reassuring to hear from a Harvard trained professional that drugs are not the answer to some of the mental disorders now so common among us: depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and so on and so forth. The more medical and psychology professinals and therapists that read this book, the more chances we'll have of moving towards a more humane treatment of mental disorders.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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I bought the book some time ago and it did require some degree of deep concentration as Dr. Siegel is very in-depth but that is also appreciated. I have read many books in my life in the areas of psych/self-help and the whole yadda but I will honestly say that after some 15 years of being on all kinds of anti-depressants, numerous suicide attempts and various other personal tragedies from PTSD to childhood abuse, Mindsight by Dr. Siegel is by far, the best book I have read that has given me so much hope that I can heal my mind and to change. In fact, this book beats any damn therapist I have sat with, listening to their psychobabble knowing exactly what they are getting at, and often wrong.

This book has given me so much hope that the clinicians I work with have ordered it for their medical library as a book to read.

I recommend an audiobook version to go with this title as some of the neurobiological terms might be hard for the layperson to grasp. I particularly enjoyed the level of detail because I did ace biology in school so I am not afraid of the technicalities. In fact, I think Dr. Siegel has done a tremendous job in simplifying the science and as Einstein has said - "Anyone can complicate a matter but it takes a genius to simply something complex" and Dr. Siegel has done just that.

Thanks for all your hardwork, Dr. Siegel. You have helped to transform otherwise downtrodden lives in much pain and after chancing upon your books, you have most certainly halved the therapeutic time needed for recovery with all your insight and genius.

*ps. The recording might seem some what hoarse as first but persevere as it gets better beyond the first few minutes and isn't the same the rest. Dr. Siegel narrates with sincerity and empathy. I have always preferred a writer to do the narration himself and readers/listeners are lucky that Dr. Siegel took the effort to do so.


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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By Robert Morris TOP 500 REVIEWER
In Shakespeare's play, Hamlet, Polonius offers this advice to his son Laertes before his departure for college:

"This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,

Thou canst not then be false to any man."

Urging the young man to be true to himself is sound advice but presupposes that Laertes knows who he is. For most of us, self-knowledge is immensely difficult to obtain and even more difficult to accept. However, Socrates insists that the unexamined life is not worth living. All this is relevant to Daniel Siegel's latest book, Mindsight, in which he discusses the core principles and potential significance of "the new science of personal transformation," a process during which the brain creates itself or increases its capabilities "to promote physical, psychological, and interpersonal well-being."

As Daniel Goleman correctly observes in an uncommonly enlightening Foreword, "Daniel Siegel's theory of mindsight -- the brain's capacity for both insight and empathy...makes sense for us out of the cluttered confusions of our sometimes maddening and messy emotions...Self-awareness and empathy are (along with self-mastery and social skills) domains of human ability essential for success in life...Of these four skills, self-awareness lays the foundation for the rest."

There are several concepts or themes central to Siegel's narrative. For example, "The Triangle of Well-Being" reveals three aspects of our lives (i.e. relationships, mind, and brain) that "form the three mutual influencing points of the Triangle of Well-Bring." Mindsight enables us to become aware of, indeed monitor and modify "the flow of energy and information within the Triangle of Well-Being.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Mickle
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Suited more to the academic amongst us - for the reference section alone - but an impeccable delivery on THE most important subject to be considered by our species today - written in a manner that most will find easy, informative and enjoyable
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very helpful 27 July 2013
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New information and very clear explanations of how the brain and neurotransmitters work and how you can use the brain's plasticity to make changes to your behaviour. Recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FAB 4 May 2013
By katie
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Dr Siegel explains how understanding the structure of the brain can be used to heal people. Thus someone who has difficulty accessing their feelings or understanding others will do exercises to strengthen the 'feelings' parts of the brain and are able to change more effectively than they would by talking about why they can't understand feelings. I would love to watch Dr Siegel treating patients and see him demonstrate the exercises he uses - any chance of a DVD?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good insight into the inner working of your mind
Published 6 days ago by Weston Blogger
2.0 out of 5 stars Kindle copy
I made a mistake buying the Kindle version of this brilliant book. It doesn't have the accompanying CD which is important to have plus, although you can get it free or download,... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Concerned Consumer
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
This is an easy read which pulls together the current scientific research of psychotherapy and the brain, without getting lost in unnecessary words. Read more
Published 2 months ago by mrs kathryn dunks
1.0 out of 5 stars Blowing hot air
When someone pretends to know something, painful to read. i had to halt it. I wouldn't recommend it, full stop.
Published 5 months ago by Mrs Virginie Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Mindsight by Dan Siegel
The book arrived the next day even though this was ordered just before Christmas. One of the best books I have read this year!
Published 6 months ago by Mrs. N. L. H. Rolls
5.0 out of 5 stars Seminal
One of those books that inform the way we think, the way we live and our concepts of life the universe and everything. One not to be missed
Published 12 months ago by L. V. Rodgers
5.0 out of 5 stars much easier read than expected!
Easily readable book, very well explained principals with good cases presented. Such a useful technique that we should all be using everyday
Published 13 months ago by Tracy
3.0 out of 5 stars Well-meaning but inherently limited
There is no question in my mind that Dr Siegel is well-meaning and that at least some of his proposals have therapeutic value. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Oscar Del Santo
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