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The Developing Mind: How Relationships and the Brain Interact to Shape Who We Are: Towards a Neurobiology of Interpersonal Experience Hardcover – 20 May 1999


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  • Hardcover: 394 pages
  • Publisher: Guilford Press (20 May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572304537
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572304536
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 17.1 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,104,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Jun 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book is great for parents and teachers. It clearly explains how sensitive human contact is critical to the full development of a child's mind. It requires some effort to follow the logic of the author's argument, but the effort is definitely worth it.
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This book gives an interesting and comprehensive overview on how relationships and early childhood experience influence the brain, our character, and emotional development.

As it is well-written, informative, yet reader friendly to lay audiences, I would recommend it not only to academics and other professionals interested in developmental/affective neurology and child development studies, but also younger students, parents, and anyone interested in the role of parents in the emotional development of children.
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60 of 60 people found the following review helpful
Excellent foundation for understanding the brain. 25 Mar 2000
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This very well written book outlines how the brain developes and integrates what we know about the impact of life experience with the unraveling mysteries of the brain. Emotional disorders such as PTSD are informed by Siegel's elegant discussion of how memories are created. This is a very well written, challenging book; each sentence contains important information. While the subject matter may not be familiar to the reader, Siegel presents this valuable information in a very accessable manner. Very Strongly recommended to therapists and counselors.
47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
Five Stars despite a few flaws 19 Oct 2000
By Thea Hardy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is a heavily research based volume detailing the ways in which parenting styles affect brain development, brain wiring structure with the implications for our lives and civilization. Although it's sometimes a bit redundant and disorganized in presentation, the information is potent and important and the quantity of research staggering. This is truly worth reading - for those who may prefer a less academic presentation, try it anyway. The value of this book is extraordinary.
43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
An Understanding of Interpersonal Experience 31 Jan 2001
By Kevin Hogan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Siegel writes clearly and accurately. He is passionate about the mind and it's development. This book is written at a college level which means your average reader won't be picking it up. You'll take a grand tour of brain/mind development, memory,attachment, emotion and interpersonal relationships. This is must reading for the clinician and parents who want to do it right. This book deserves 6 stars but there are only five to offer. This was a wonderful read! Kevin Hogan,...
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
An incredible description of the mind's functioning 11 Mar 2004
By J. Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
As I start this review, I want to say that I'm not a mental health professional. I'd been so used to psychological texts falling into 2 distinct categories: texts written by MD's explaining how everything wrong with you involves an excess of seratonin (or some other chemical) or books written by clinicians talking essentially only about their personal clinical experiences. This book breaks (or combines maybe..?) these stereotypes in a readable, detailed, and very well-supported (~500 references) account of how experiences actually create biological malfunctions.

A brief note to other readers who might also not be mental health professionals: While this book doesn't really assume you know anything at all, it can be dense at times. However, Dr. Siegel goes out of his way to make sure that you can follow along by rehashing earlier points that might have been easily confused.

Outlining important points in italics, Dr. Siegel proceeds through the entire range of mental development. He starts out with the more basic processes involved in mental functioning (memory, attachment, emotion, states-of-minds) and shows how these systems are shaped in an infant by a responsive caregiver into forming an emotionally healthy adult. He also talks about how mental disorders can develop when these various systems are either inadequately stimulated or actively stimied.
I found the chapter on attachment particularly remarkable. As he explained the various types of attachments and how they were dependant on parental-child interactions (all backed up, of course, by various clinical data), I felt like I could make sense of some events from my own childhood.

This book should DEFINITELY be read by the hordes of biologically oriented psychiatrists out there. Its also a wonderful read for people who might want some insight into why they've always had problems making friends, controlling their emotions, or repeating the abusive behavioral patterns of their parents.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Excellent foundation for understanding the brain. 25 Mar 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This very well written book outlines how the brain developes and integrates what we know about the impact of life experience with the unraveling mysteries of the brain. Emotional disorders such as PTSD are informed by Siegel's elegant discussion of how memories are created. This is a challenging book; each sentence is packed with important information. While the subject matter may not be familiar to the reader, Siegel presents this valuable information in a very accessable manner. Very Strongly recommended to therapists and counselors.
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