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Life Changing, profound, intelligent and better than all the other psych books I have ever read.
on 27 March 2012
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.