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Brainstorm: The Teenage Brain from the Inside Out

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  583 ratings  ·  96 reviews
In this groundbreaking book, the bestselling author of *Parenting from the Inside Out* and *The Whole-Brain Child* shows parents how to turn one of the most challenging developmental periods in their children's lives into one of the most rewarding. Between the ages of 12 and 24, the brain changes in important and often maddening ways. It's no wonder that many parents appro ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published December 26th 2013 by Tarcher
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Daniel Goleman
Jan 30, 2014 Daniel Goleman rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents, educators, psychologists, therapists, counselors
The myths about the teen brain are not just wrong, but destructive. We've heard for decades about the downsides of the teen years -- the risks taken, impulsivity and the like. Recent brain research has pegged some of this to a peculiarity in brain growth during those years: The growth of circuitry for impulse and pleasure outpaces that for inhibiting those impulses, which do not catch up until the early 20s.

But Dr. Siegel takes that same data and puts a positive spin on what this means for the t
Rob Slaven
Firstly and as usual, I received this book for the ripe sum of nothing via a giveaway, this time from Shelf Awareness. Despite that kind consideration from all involved my candid opinions follow below. To extend the preamble a bit, this book wasn't quite what I expected. Because of that I'm going to keep the value judgments to a minimum and instead just try to describe what the book tries to be. It's up to you whether it's what you want to be reading or not. I just make with the descriptions.

Britt Rearden
I received this book through a giveaway on GoodReads. Within the first few pages I was already realizing that my way of thinking was being challenged and changed. This book takes a positive look on the changes of a 'teen brain' but isn't restricted for only that age group, but for adults as well. This is not just a book for parents of teens but anyone who is curious about the changes in the brain and how to deal with them.
There were some interesting things in the book, but I had a few problems with it.
First, the title was wrong. This book dealt primarily with how adults can train their brains to be younger - and not about the teenage brain, which was secondary or even perhaps tertiary. Second, the way this book was written reminded me of a 1980's style. The author loved created acronyms for everything and describing his ideas based on a alliteration of words. This best descriptions don't always rhyme or begin wit
The tag line for this book is "the Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain". Thus I expected some profound insights on adolescence. And yes, to be fair, the author did talk about teen behavior and how the brain functions. But I felt that the bulk of this book was made up of "mind sight" exercises - things like breathing techniques, reflection, and other stuff that my teen will never do. If this book had been labeled as such - meditation and breathing exercises for teens, or something like that, m ...more
Janet Eshenroder
Based on research into actual brain changes, this book defines teenage years as between ages 12-24. This book was written so it could be read by either teenagers or their parents. While somewhat simplified for the benefit of younger readers, the book presents ideas that are helpful to any person (even senior citizens).

I heard Daniel Siegel being interviewed on NPR and instantly ordered a book for myself and one for our daughter-in-law. My husband is always interested in learning more about brai
Susan Bazzett-griffith
I received this book in a GoodReads Giveaway; this was a galley copy.

I found this book informative, but dry. I enjoyed the sections about how to use the teenage mind's propensity for pleasure and new things in a positive way very enlightening, and was definitely one of the highlights of the book. The beginning I found very drawn out, but it picks up pace and becomes less repetitive in the later chapters. I think Siegel is at his best when explaining the neurology and science behind adolescent b
Molly Octopus
"The Teenage Brain for Dummies"
I personally was hoping for a science and research-heavy book about adolescent development and brain changes. Maybe that was my mistake, because this book is definitely not any of that. No, it's like a bad self-help book for teens/parents. Definitely not worth the read.
Brainstorm was a fascinating new read about the mind. As a School Counselor, I found the book to be very well delineated for when one might need a quick reference OR have an hour or two to delve into the inter-workings of any informative title. Although some of the book reiterated what we already know (understanding vs. telling/demanding), it gave me a scientific perspective on brain growth as well that I did not receive in Graduate School. I found Mr. Siegel's research to be relatable and reada ...more
i enjoyed this book despite the fact that i cannot stand the way daniel siegel writes. he means well, i know he does--his earnestness and enthusiasm are in boldface all over every page. but i came to this book looking for information, not a new best friend, so at times it was incredibly difficult to get through. still, there's a lot of good stuff in this book, which came across to me as a kind of one-stop compilation of the latest good science on neurology, brain development, mindfulness, psycho ...more
I received a copy ofBrainstormfrom Goodreads First Reads.

Brainstorm was more spiritual than I expected. I was looking forward to concrete examples of how to get my future kids in shape for the world, and I got breathing and meditation exercises instead. As a practicing psychiatrist, Siegel is very knowledgeable on the topic of adolescence, and it’s his clinical stories that I found most interesting; however, this book reads more like a textbook than anything else, and even though Siegel wrote th
Denis Vukosav
“Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain” written by known medical expert Daniel J. Siegel is a serious story about a period of life that sometimes is not considered with due seriousness – the adolescence.

Although the memories of our adolescent years are often filled with all kinds of interesting and picturesque events when it comes to others, even our kids, one sentence can be often heard that a person should not be taken especially seriously because she/he is an adolescent.
And d
Tobin Elliott
This book was recommended to me to help me get some better insight into the teenage mind, and in that regard, it did its job well. In fact, the third part of the book was likely the most helpful. Like other reviews, I found it took a while to actually get to the meat of the issues, and I was hoping for a little more on what the average parent can do specifically to cope with teens going through this stage of life. The examples helped put things in perspective a bit, but on the other hand, I coul ...more
If you ARE an adolescent, LIVE WITH an adolescent, ONCE WERE an adolescent, work with adolescents, or hope to one day nurture any adolescents, I HIGHLY recommend this book. Oh, also, if you don't fit any of the above categories, but you are a human with a brain... This book was absolutely incredible, shed a tremendous amount of light on aspects of my humanity, and, I daresay, was written in such a way that I feel reaches out to my human experience with empathy. I'll be mulling this one over for ...more
Zac Stojcevski
A great book for professionals as well as those seeking professional help. A great read, though there are a few flat bits of meandering prose is more than made up for by the examples and personal insights that are covered in great breadth and depth. Definitely one I pass onto my patients which creates a helpful perspective to therapy.
Amitava Mazumdar
This is not a book I would typically read. However, my wife gifted it to me last Christmas, as we have has pre-teen son who is on his way to being a teen son. I can’t say that I opened to the first page with a fully open mind, but I was intrigued by how the book was billed as more a text on the science of adolescent neurology than a self-help book. If it were a science book, I could get into that, but there was a lot of self-help themed exercises that were more distracting than helpful to the ca ...more
Victoria Waddle
There are four qualities of adolescence—the period between ages 12 and 24—that adults must try never to lose:

novelty seeking
social engagement
emotional intensity
creative exploration

To maintain these qualities helps a person to be a lifelong learner—one of those big goals that all educators hope their students achieve because it means they will have a full life.

Most adults think of adolescents as hormone-crazed drama kings and queens. But, of course, this isn’t fair. While the teen years are a tim
Alissa Thorne
I picked this up after seeing Daniel Siegel speak on the topic just after the book was released. His talk focused on the physiological changes that the brain goes through during this stage of life, and how this contributes to the behavior often seen in teenagers. He also put a great deal of emphasis on debunking common misconceptions about the what's and why's of adolescence. I was excited to read about the nuts and bolts of what was covered in the short session.

Unfortunately, that was not to b
This was my clinical book group's most recent reading selection to learn a bit more about the adolescent brain. I felt like most of the information I had encountered before through trainings on trauma and the brain. I did feel like the chapter on attachment was a nice reminder that early attachment patterns continue to manifest into adolescence and adulthood. Sadly, the writing was not the most captivating for me. And I was puzzled at the endorsements from Goldie Hawn and Alanis Morissette. I di ...more
Morgan Blackledge
In full disclosure, I'm kind of a Danieal Siegel fan boy. I am unapologetic about this. His work is one of the major factors behind my decision to become a mental health clinician. I think he's a master communicator/educator/popularizer of these hitherto esoteric and complicated ideas i.e. the mind, the brain, mental health, mindfulness etc. I loved the Mindfull Brain and Mindsight and (despite the fact that some of this book is fruity as hell) I think this may be my favorite so far.

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I may spend the rest of my life learning and not come up with much of what Dr. Siegel is espousing in the book. I found two reviews over at Amazon, by "Rober Slaven" and "Girl Scout Dad" that best sum up what I came away with. The title of GS Dad's review, "The Book Quickly Wanders Away from its Title Message, Ironically, Like a Teenager with a Short Attention Span, March 10, 2014" I will stipulate, up front, from other reviewers and Siegel's web site, that the science sounds pretty solid - but ...more
By the title alone, I thought I was going to get a book that focused mainly on helping me understand the adolescent brain. What I got was only a bit of that information. The rest was how to help the adolescent grow into a more well-rounded individual. Usually, something of this measure wouldn't bother me. Unfortunately, the help was in the form of mindful meditation. As a teacher who interacts with students solely in the classroom, I will be hard pressed to implement his suggested measures in th ...more
- Love how positive Siegel is towards the period of adolescence. He emphasizes that it's not just a time period to "get through" but one that should be supported and celebrated.

- Has a nice conversational feel to his writing.

- I didn't find the "mindsight" portions to be super useful. Maybe the last one at the end with what to do to have a healthy life. But the first few weren't focused enough on adolescence in particular for my tastes.

- Breaking down adolescence into four fields (novelty seekin
Quinn Cummings
I think it's a tremendously important book for parents of teens and preteens to read and a pretty compelling read even if you don't have skin the game, parenting-wise. Dr. Siegel walks the reader through the "Whys" of the adolescent brain, not to mention the "Huhs?" and the "CAN YOU PLEASE STOP DOING THAT YOU ARE MAKING ME INSANES" (Sorry; they can't). The science is up to date and chewy but not overwhelming and it will give the reader a real sympathy and understanding for the degree to which ad ...more
Abandoned. Not every book written is deserving of having been read....
Having read about the new scientific understanding of how our brains change and rewire during adolescence, I was very interested when I heard Daniel J. Siegel speak about his new book Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain. While I enjoy the science behind Siegel's book, I found reading the book quite tedious as it delves into our self awareness and seems to go off topic as he describes how we can better tune our brains with short and simple exercises. Siegel specifically says th ...more
A wonderful, wonderful book. I am reevaluating my parenting from top to bottom. I've particularly liked the discussions around attachment theory, and how that shows up. I saw so much of myself in this book. I deeply appreciation the stories which demonstrate the neuroplasticity which is, in so many ways, the essential story of this book. I've had my parenting a bit backwards, where I was focusing on fixed, and advising rather than having her Seen, Soothed, Safe, and Secure. You may find his endl ...more
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My review: Basically I read twice, simply because before I finished it I had to return back to library. After I got it from library, I simply feel I could not recall anytime I remember. So I reread it again. Basically I find the main theme of this is how to integrate your brain.

p1 Adolescence 12 -24 years old.
p2 one myth that raging hormones cause teenagers to "go mad" or "lose their minds". That's simply false. primarily the result of changes in deve
"What were you thinking!" is a phrase I repeat often as my son approaches adolescence. After reading Brainstorm, I realize his typical answer of "I don't know" is probably correct. If this knowledge helps our relationship (because I'll try not to roll my eyes and sigh in exasperation), Siegel has accomplished one of his goals.

He also has convinced me to focus on the positive aspects of adolescence and try to nurture my teen's brain development (and, along the way, my own). The book is a refreshi
I bought this book in a desperate attempt to understand my teenage daughter, and perhaps gain some insight into strategies for dealing with her newfound surliness. This book succeeded on the first count. It contains amazing research which helps explain so much of the crazy behavior we see during the teen years. However, Brainstorm is long on complex descriptions of research studies and short on helpful techniques. Daniel Siegel is a huge proponent of individual therapy for teens and members of t ...more
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Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., is an internationally acclaimed author, award-winning educator, and child psychiatrist. Dr. Siegel received his medical degree from Harvard University and completed his postgraduate medical education at UCLA with training in pediatrics and child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. He is currently a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, where he also ...more
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