The New Science of Personal Transformation

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Random House, Inc.
From a pioneer in the field of mental health comes a groundbreaking book on the healing power of "mindsight," the potent skill that allows you to make positive changes in your brain–and in your life.

Foreword by Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence

• Is there a memory that torments you, or an irrational fear you can't shake?
• Do you sometimes become unreasonably angry or upset and find it hard to calm down?
• Do you ever wonder why you can't stop behaving the way you do, no matter how hard you try?
• Are you and your child (or parent, partner, or boss) locked in a seemingly inevitable pattern of conflict?

What if you could escape traps like these and live a fuller, richer, happier life? This isn't mere speculation but the result of twenty-five years of careful hands-on clinical work by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. A Harvard-trained physician, Dr. Siegel is one of the revolutionary global innovators in the integration of brain science into the practice of psychotherapy. Using case histories from his practice, he shows how, by following the proper steps, nearly everyone can learn how to focus their attention on the internal world of the mind in a way that will literally change the wiring and architecture of their brain.

Through his synthesis of a broad range of scientific research with applications to everyday life, Dr. Siegel has developed novel approaches that have helped hundreds of patients. And now he has written the first book that will help all of us understand the potential we have to create our own lives. Showing us mindsight in action, Dr. Siegel describes

• a sixteen-year-old boy with bipolar disorder who uses meditation and other techniques instead of drugs to calm the emotional storms that made him suicidal
• a woman paralyzed by anxiety, who uses mindsight to discover, in an unconscious memory of a childhood accident, the source of her dread
• a physician–the author himself–who pays attention to his intuition, which he experiences as a "vague, uneasy feeling in my belly, a gnawing restlessness in my heart and my gut," and tracks down a patient who could have gone deaf because of an inaccurately written prescription for an ear infection
• a twelve-year-old girl with OCD who learns a meditation that is "like watching myself from outside myself" and, using a form of internal dialogue, is able to stop the compulsive behaviors that have been tormenting her

These and many other extraordinary stories illustrate how mindsight can help us master our emotions, heal our relationships, and reach our fullest potential.

Baker & Taylor
Introduces the practice of "mindsight" as well as its potential for improving interpersonal relationships, explaining how challenges ranging from everyday stress to severe trauma can be treated by redirecting the flow of energy and information in one's brain.

& Taylor

Inspiring and informative, "Mindsight" offers exciting new proof that people aren't hardwired to behave in certain ways, but instead have the ability to harness the power of their minds to resculpt the neural pathways of their brains.
A UCLA brain scientist introduces the practice of "mindsight" as well as its potential for improving interpersonal relationships, explaining how challenges ranging from everyday stress to severe trauma can be treated by redirecting the flow of energy and information in one's brain in order to tap inherent insights and empathy.

Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780553804706
Branch Call Number: 616.891 SIE
Characteristics: xviii, 314 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm.


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Sep 19, 2019

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Dec 01, 2016

Patronizing anecdotal drivel. Affirmative statements, Wikipedia-level science and borrowed metaphors feigning profundity. A marketing tool to sell other texts, seminars and lectures. Pseudoscience. Deepest contempt for the writer.

Oct 13, 2015

Lots of information about different types of brain integration explained in lay terms. Lots of case studies to show how the scientific information is applied. I've seen Dan Siegel in person and heard him lecture. He's a fantastic and engaging science brain!

Dec 31, 2014

A very interesting book that is well written and informative, without being overly technical. The case studies were insightful as well as practical in providing some clearer understanding of how our brain works, how it can thwart our conscious thought processes and more importantly how we can take corrective action.

Nov 06, 2010

The author explained and gave some psychological concepts and demonstrating cases in patients with mental disturbance.

As a reader who is seeking interesting facts about how mind works, I gained some knowledge of the circuits and information processing flow of the brain but felt many description of the cases is lengthy and unnecessary while understand that the author was trying to make the science-telling more vivid and interesting. The book's word counts could be reduced to at least half to make the point more concise and efficient.

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