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Mindsight

The New Science of Personal Transformation
Written by: Daniel J. Siegel
Narrated by: Daniel J. Siegel
Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
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From everyday stress to severe trauma, many obstacles to a full life can be overcome by developing what Dr. Daniel J. Siegel calls "mindsight," our ability to perceive the mind and literally redirect the flow of energy and information within our brains. Through this powerful capacity for insight and empathy, we can "rewire" crucial connections, create dynamic linkages, and open ourselves to relationships in a new way.

Based on thirty years of work with patients and on research drawn from nearly a dozen scientific fields, Mindsight brings these concepts alive through vivid case histories that show what happens when mindsight is missing, and how it can be strengthened in nine essential areas. Listeners of My Stroke of Insight or The Brain that Changes Itself will discover new ideas about memory, emotion, trauma and brain-mind integration - plus a richer sense of their own humanity.

©2010 Daniel J. Siegel (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Wow so much information

you will learn WAAAY to much about everything to do with the brain, memory and emotions from this book. I'm listening to this book to help me with a recent bout of panic attacks an feel like I got 5x what I bargained for. what a treat of information. I don't even have kids but I feel more confident I could parent slightly better now that I have listened to this book ahaha

you get a whole lot of everything with this one! worth it!!!

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Opened my mind

Very well narrated,I'm on the road to a better life will listen to the author again

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Great Book!

Well written! There are tough to understand concepts, however they are described in a way that makes it a lot easier to understand. Though I feel like I need to read this book a least a few times to fully realize it's potential. I think I can say now that this is my favourite self help book of all time.

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  • MS
  • 2018-11-01

It had a gripping middle


Many very interesting insights. Presented in more of a lecture formate, rather than workshop or story. I struggled to finish this, but wotth the read nonetheless.

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  • Annie M.
  • 2010-02-24

DO NOT MISS THIS BOOK!

Even if you hated your college psych classes, you will love this book. Siegel brilliantly shows--through case histories with his own patients--the connection between what we experienced as children and the physical responses our brains had to those experiences. And how it all adds up to how we act as adults.

With all the talk about right brain/left brain going on these days, this books shows how we become more one than the other. And how you can change that if you need to.

I especially love how he uses mindfulness meditation (nah, don't be scared) to help his patients get in touch with their inner workings. And what revelations come from it!

This book is touching, funny, incisive, and truly beautiful.

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  • Chris
  • 2010-08-18

Best psychological model I've heard of..

Essentially illuminating inner conversations which form personality traits and actions, Daniel's self-awareness meditation based therapy empowers clients to dissect their inner motivation for abnormal behavior. I've never heard someone get more clearly to the root of the problem. Grounded in reality and respectively fact, his case studies are relevant to the point that I have suggested this book to friends with exact same issues.

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  • LA DIY
  • Granada Hills, CA, United States
  • 2011-05-18

Lots of information, perhaps too much.

While it's clear to me that the author is quite knowledgable when it comes to the psychotherapeutic and physiological aspects of the topic, my overall experience was one where I found my attention wondering amidst a sea of rationale, stories, descriptions, and advice. The information appears to be solid and Mr. Segel seems like a genuine, caring person with lots of experience and a great degree of knowledge. What was lacking, for me, was a clear description of the PRACTICE of "Mindsight." This book does a good job of making the argument for mindsight, talking about the many benefits, recalling stories having to do with various subject matter, etc., but when I was done listening to it, I didn't feel like he showed me how to use the information. This is more of a description of how the author thinks of and used Mindsight principles with his own clients, as opposed to helping the listener create a practice for actually personally transforming through the application of his methods. I found the use of 'story' and detailed descriptions of how the brain works overly complex and unnecessary. Still, the information is solid and holds promise as an integrated self-care practice. Perhaps a volume II will describe more fully how to actually practice Mindsight.

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  • Brent
  • 2010-06-10

Good Insight into the Brain

I've been practicing something like what Siegel talks about for the past 4 months. People that know me well say that I'm a very different person; more relaxed and more focused. I'm surprised when friends will tell me this out of the blue.
Listening to this book has helped put it all into context. Having practiced this, I'd have to agree that the author knows what he is talking about.
Great book. Very insightful.

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  • Lisa
  • Basel, Switzerland
  • 2011-03-22

Excellent Book, with one small exception

I would have given this book 5 stars except that I found author's voice so distracting. He has a gravelly voice (think Rod Serling) and I kept wanting to clear my (his) throat and therefore found it a bit difficult to concentrate on the content of what he was saying. That said, it was an excellent book for those who enjoy case studies and want to know how Mindfulness is practiced. Other readers found the explanations of various brain functions to be a bit heavy-going. I felt it answered exactly those questions I had been wondering about. I look forward to more from Dr. Siegel, but hope next time he opts for a professional reader.

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  • Tiffany
  • Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • 2010-08-30

Great book, must read

Truly enjoyed this book. Not one to read unless you can give your undivided attention but definitely worth your time. Looking forward to listening to it again! Fascinating theories of the mind and great neurological explanations for why we react the way we do. Made me want to read more of Siegel's work!

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  • Jock
  • Altona Meadows, VIC, Australia
  • 2010-06-02

Great book a little to much detail.

This is a great book about why we feel things and how to understand them. I found a little too much detail in the naming parts of the brain. I would have given it 5 stars, but for the mono tone voice of the reader. Daniel is no doubt a very good clinician and his voice would be very calm in that context but not for keeping the listeners interest. I will however be listening to this book several time to get the most out of it.

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  • Shahrad Milanfar
  • 2011-01-20

Fantastic!!!

This is a well written and insightful book which is full of practical information. Mr. Siegel does a wonderful job narrating, as well. I'm very glad that I listened to it. You should too!!!

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  • Matthew
  • Sebastopol, CA, United States
  • 2010-03-17

Provokes thought long after...q

Truly wonderful and useful! Don't let the Latin names of brain structures deter you from surfing the fascinating arc of this book, and the richness of observation that fertilizes our understanding of the Human Animal. The implications of the human brain's capacity for adaptive, structural change are radical for our lives. The implications for society and humankind are beyond staggering.

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  • Douglas
  • 2013-10-07

Excellent combination...

of sociology, psychology and neurology to help us understand how the neuroplasticity of the brain is influenced by and also influences all of our daily interactions and how we can take advantage of neuroplasticity to enrich our lives and those of others. That this book was endorsed by Daniel Goleman (Social Intelligence--Emotional Intelligence) was a big factor for me going in. Siegel extends Goleman's work, forging further ahead into the neurological realms to show us how our biology works in conjunction with our most intimate, and most casual interpersonal and social encounters--and what we can do to better them. I had just finished Doidge's The Brain That Changes Itself before beginning this book, and I recommend that they be taken together, in whichever order. Also helpful would be Sapolsky and Vishton's Great Courses lectures on the brain, also available on Audible.

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