From a pioneer in the field of mental health comes a groundbreaking book on the healing power of ‘mindsight’, the capacity for insight and empathy that allows you to make positive changes in your brain — and in your life.
A Harvard-trained physician and clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, Daniel J. Siegel, MD, coined the term mindsight to describe the innovative integration of brain science with the practice of psychotherapy. With a wealth of personal, hands-on experience, and access to the latest research findings, Dr Siegel is ideally placed to introduce this powerful therapeutic tool to a wide audience. Using interactive examples and case histories from his practice, he shows how mindsight can be applied to alleviate a range of psychological and interpersonal problems — from anxiety disorders to ingrained patterns of behaviour.
With warmth and humour, Dr Siegel shows us how to observe the working of our minds, allowing us to understand why we think, feel, and act the way we do, and how, by following the proper steps, we can literally change the wiring and architecture of our brains. Both practical and profound, Mindsight offers exciting new proof that we have the ability, at any stage in our lives, to transform our thinking, our wellbeing, and our relationships.
Siegel (Parenting from the Inside Out) combines Western neuroscience with Eastern meditation in an exciting exploration of how a troubled mind can right itself. Drawing on current science and case studies, Siegel, a clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA School of Medicine, reinforces "the idea that the power of reflection allows us to approach, rather than withdraw, from whatever life brings us." And 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." There is enormous pain in the clinical cases: 31-year-old Allison's back pain conceals a painful memory; 12-year-old Sandy is stuck in a panic expressed in obsessive-compulsive behavior. But there is also enormous hope that therapy, sometimes even without medication, can guide a patient through life. Siegel's method isn't a quick fix and doesn't sugarcoat reality: The mindful traits of serenity, courage and wisdom involve accepting our place in the order of things." He challenges his patients to a life of tough work and convincingly suggests it will be well worth the effort.