Brainstorm: The Teenage Brain from the Inside Out
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Between the ages of fifteen and twenty-five, the brain changes in important, and oftentimes maddening, ways. It’s no wonder that many parents approach their child’s adolescence with fear and trepidation. According to renowned neuropsychiatrist Daniel Siegel, however, if parents and teens can work together to form a deeper understanding of the brain science behind all the t...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...more
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.

Wha...more
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...more
Brittney 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.
Lisette
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
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...more
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...more
Neena
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
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
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...more
Sophie
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...more
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
Pam
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
David
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
Joanie
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
Erik Beyer
This was a book, not typically in my library, but my wife recommended it even before she read it. This is a fantastic insight into who we are an human beings and Daniel Siegel wraps it up into this book and relates it to our adolescent years. As a Scout Leader in a local troop, I found this book to be very enlightening, and I am working on getting it as a recommended read for all adult leaders in youth organizations.
Lauren
I received this book as part of the first read giveaway here on GoodReads. As someone who studied psychology I was excited to read it, but it didn't present me with much I didn't know. Probably better for people without a psychology background who want to understand the adolescent mind, and it can easily be read by just about anyone. The text wasn't too technical and I enjoyed the activities that were presented after each section as well as the visuals. The author also uses examples from his own...more
Elizabeth Webber
This book is definitely worth a read if you work with teenagers, have a teenager, or ever were a teenager. The exercises prompted self reflection and reminded me of the importance of the teenage years. I was concerned that the text would be above my head as it has been quite some time since I've had neurobiology or developmental psychology, but Siegel provided a very applicable summary of modern research in a very readable way.

"Brainstorm" is written as a conversation that takes the reader on a...more
Stacy
I wanted to read this because I heard the author speak on a talk show and he was very interesting. I thought this book was good in the beginning and end but was a little slow in the middle. It would be great to read a 20 page or so condensed article with the highlights from the book if you are like me and a few years away from this age. If you have children in this age group, I think it would be a pretty informative read. A little new agey at times but it gives you a new perspective on the teena...more
Beth G
This book contains a lot of interesting information and I will reread it from time to time. The teenage brain does have power and purpose. The author's writing style bugged me otherwise I would have given the book more stars.
Paul
I really wanted to like this book. And I really do like Siegel's thinking about child development and his use of the latest in neuroscience to explain the developmental processes taking place in adolescence. The idea that the teenage brain has some basic features that we adults should emulate is terrific.

So the ideas are great, but the book itself is appalling. No attribution for the myriad references to "scientists?" Endless repetition. Hopelessly trapped in self-help style and structure. Perh...more
Erin
Mar 20, 2014 Erin is currently reading it
I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
Julie
I loved his last book, Parenting From the Inside Out, and expected to love this one, too. But it is highly repetitive and slow -- it needs some major editing -- and I gave up before I finished it.
Ryan
This is both a sympathetic and science-based book that enables parents and adolescents to understand what's going on during these years. good read
Melrose
Feb 24, 2014 Melrose added it
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Katie
DNF. I loved the first chapter of this nonfiction book, but after that, my interest took a serious nose dive. Siegel includes ZERO footnotes and no bibliography, which makes me very wary for a nonfiction book built on a foundation of science.
Cassie
I like it--a bit dry at times, but I pulled some good nuggets out.
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.
Joan
Excellent, excellent book. Another blend of psychology, brain science, and zen - and a particularly good one, full of warmth and encouragement for teens, parents, and anyone interested in a more balanced, integrated brain.
Wendy
Some helpful thoughts to keep in mind.
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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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