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Mind

A Journey to the Heart of Being Human
Hardcover Book
Publisher: 
WW Norton
 | 
November, 2016
ISBN:
9780393710533
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What is the mind? What is the experience of the self truly made of? How does the mind differ from the brain? Though the mind’s contents—its emotions, thoughts, and memories—are often described, the essence of mind is rarely, if ever, defined.

In this book, noted neuropsychiatrist and New York Times best-selling author Daniel Siegel uses his characteristic sensitivity and interdisciplinary background to offer a definition of the mind that illuminates the how, what, when, where, and even why of who we are, of what the mind is, and what the mind’s self has the potential to become.

Mind is the essence of our fundamental nature, our deepest sense of being alive, here, right now, in this moment… This internally felt subjective phenomenon of living, and the ways we can feel our connections to one another and the world, are subjective phenomena that are real. These non-measurable facets of the reality of life have many names. Some call this our essence. Some call this our core, soul, spirit, or true nature.
 

I simply call this mind.

MIND takes the reader on a deep personal and scientific journey into consciousness, subjective experience, and information processing, uncovering the mind’s self-organizational properties that emerge from both the body and the relationships we have with one another, and with the world around us. While making a wide range of sciences accessible and exciting—from neurobiology to quantum physics, anthropology to psychology—this book offers an experience that addresses some of our most pressing personal and global questions about identity, connection, and the cultivation of well-being in our lives.

My deepest hope is to join with you to elucidate the nature of our minds, illuminate our beliefs and uncover our disbeliefs, demonstrate the mind’s central importance in our lives, and offer some basic ways to define the mind so we can then explore what a healthy mind might actually be. The natural next step, once we’ve explored these issues, is to suggest the various ways we might choose to empower ourselves to cultivate a healthy mind, personally and in others.

Among Daniel Siegel’s other books are The Mindful Therapist and The Whole-Brain Child.

Publisher’s Description: 

What is the mind? What is the experience of the self truly made of? How does the mind differ from the brain? Though the minds contentsits emotions, thoughts, and memoriesare often described, the essence of mind is rarely, if ever, defined.

In this book, noted neuropsychiatrist and New York Times best-selling author Daniel J. Siegel, MD, uses his characteristic sensitivity and interdisciplinary background to offer a definition of the mind that illuminates the how, what, when, where, and even why of who we are, of what the mind is, and what the minds self has the potential to become. MIND takes the reader on a deep personal and scientific journey into consciousness, subjective experience, and information processing, uncovering the minds self-organizational properties that emerge from both the body and the relationships we have with one another, and with the world around us. While making a wide range of sciences accessible and excitingfrom neurobiology to quantum physics, anthropology to psychologythis book offers an experience that addresses some of our most pressing personal and global questions about identity, connection, and the cultivation of well-being in our lives.

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