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The New Science of Personal Transformation
Paperback Book
December, 2010
$23.00 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

From everyday stresses to severe trauma, many obstacles to a full life can be overcome by developing what Daniel Siegel calls “mindsight”—our ability to step back and see the workings of our own minds, and then to use that skill to literally rewire our brains, activating the circuits that underlie mental health and happiness. In Mindsight, Siegel combines Western neuroscience with Eastern meditation in an exciting exploration of how a troubled mind can right itself.

The power of reflection allows us to approach, rather than withdraw from, whatever life brings us. Learning to stay with a feeling, even a threatening one, is the beginning of discovering that this emotion is just a set of neural firings in our brain.

Drawing on current science and case studies, Siegel—a clinical professor of adult, child, and adolescent psychiatry—demonstrates how through our powerful capacity for insight and empathy, we can “rewire” crucial connections 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. There is enormous pain in these case studies, but also enormous hope—that therapy, sometimes even without medication, can guide a patient through life. Readers will discover new ideas about memory, emotion, trauma and brain-mind integration—plus a richer sense of their own humanity.

“An extraordinary and practical wedding of neuroscience and spiritual wisdom… bound to be a classic.” —Jack Kornfield, author of The Wise Heart

“In his graceful, wise, creative, and utterly approachable book, Dr. Siegel uses beautiful and often remarkable case histories to show us how, far more often than we might imagine, we can change our minds, brains, relationships, some lifelong character traits, and even the course of certain mental illnesses.” —Norman Doidge (The Brain That Changes Itself)

Also by Daniel Siegel are The Mindful Brain and Parenting from the Inside Out.



Publisher’s Description: 

Foreword by Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence

This groundbreaking book, from one of the global innovators in the integration of brain science with psychotherapy, offers an extraordinary guide to the practice of mindsight, the potent skill that is the basis for both emotional and social intelligence. From anxiety to depression and feelings of shame and inadequacy, from mood swings to addictions, OCD, and traumatic memories, most of us have a mental trap that causes recurring conflict in our lives and relationships. Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and co-director of the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, shows us how to use mindsight to escape these traps. 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 free themselves from obstacles blocking their happiness. By cultivating mindsight, all of us can effect positive, lasting changes in our brainsand our lives. A book as inspiring as it is profound, Mindsight can help us master our emotions, heal our relationships, and reach our fullest potential.

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