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Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  3,255 ratings  ·  198 reviews
From a pioneer in the field of mental health comes a groundbreaking book on the healing power of "mindsight," the potent skill that is the basis for both emotional and social intelligence. Mindsight allows you to make positive changes in your brain–and in your life.

• Is there a memory that torments you, or an irrational fear you can' t shake?
• Do you sometimes become unrea
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published January 12th 2010 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2009)
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The problem with books of this nature are unfortunately named.

This is true of this book, Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation, sounds as self help-y and new age-y as a book title can get. It does have some of those elements, but it's more of a science/psychology book. I read a lot of these books because I find the brain and psychology endlessly fascinating. I try to figure out what makes some people are douche-nozzles and some not. If listening to peoples problems on a daily ba
Erika RS
I read this book as part of a reading group at work. We had read Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman, and we had mixed feelings about that book. We had enjoyed the ideas but were disappointed by a lack of practical suggestions for personal growth. Siegel's Mindsight only focuses on one of Goleman's domains of emotional intelligence, self-awareness, but that piece is the fundamental one on which all other skill of social and emotional intelligence are built.

Siegel's book describes many pract
Mightsight is an interesting book about the neuroplasticity of the brain. To quote, "Mindsight is a kind of focused attention that allows us to see the internal workings of our own minds."Neuroplasticity is the ability for the brain to grow new pathways between neurons that fire in your mind, which create new pathways. These new pathways mean you can change. You can strengthen the areas that you are weak in and learn how to make better, healthier choices as a person. He talks about finding a dee ...more
Yet another book that supports the importance of meditation, or as I like to call it now, Self-directed-intentional-authorship. Good read, I especially enjoyed hearing all the success stories of people who managed to overcome life-long mental illnesses by using the power of their focused attention.

Too much of our lives appears to be fear-based-living which with its gradual grinding and gnawing saps the positive energy of our lives. It isn't surprising that this is the case, it is how we have su
*Pieces of mind integrated into peace of mind,*

Only a (highly human) genius like Daniel Siegel could write such a masterpiece that magically transforms the complex science of interpersonal neurobiology into an understandable,compelling, fascinating, and exciting read. He beautifully weaves the concept of mindsight--the process that enables us to monitor and modify the flow of energy and information in our brains so we can achieve the ability to objectively look inward to our subjective internal
An accessable but rigorously researched take on neuroplasticity, with useful approaches to how mindfulness can assist in overcoming a range of what are usually considered mental illnesses only treatable with medication. A unique and clear approach to the question of what is mind and what is brain, incorporating relationships into the concept of what it is to be human, and the importance of attachment in infancy, and how issues with attachment can be addressed in adulthood.

A positive and inspira
Jeanine Marie Swenson
Life muse and respected author, Dr. Daniel J. Siegel, has added another gem to his rich collection of heplful personal and family guides for the serious student of brain and relationship transformation. Written thoughtfully to speak to a broad audience, I found this nonfictional work to be gentle yet mesmerizing.

After 4 introductory and explanatory chapters, Dr. Siegel gets to the brillant framework of his vision and introduces eight domains of integration. Each domain represents an imbalance of
I really enjoyed this book. It basically makes the case that a lot of problems people go to counseling for can be addressed by a form of mindfulness meditation. It describes how the brain drives behavior, and then presents a series of case studies detailing ways a brain can drive negative or destructive behavior. And then illustrates how each patient was able to use practised focused attention to train the brain out of bad habits, rewiring it to work better.

I share some of the problems presente
It's interesting in theory, but it ended up being so-so. Good old Daniel is a psychiatrist who uses mindfulness to treat all sorts of mental illnesses, from PTSD to OCD to emotional stuntedness... It's great to see Western docs digging into the science of mindfulness, but I like Jon Kabat-Zinn's books about mediation better, and other books about psychology (Predictably Irrational or Thinking: Fast and Slow) are more compelling. So, it was a nice mix of psychology AND mindfulness, but other book ...more
John Martindale
This book was really interesting to me in light of my current interest in substance dualism; the idea that we have a soul that is immaterial and yet can influence the brain, while being influence by the physical itself. Siegel is quite obviously a scientific naturalist, yet he is unlike many others in that he is willing to live with the mystery that the mind is non-physical, and this was fascinating to me. Mind, in his mind of course is just the magical result of evolution, and as of yet it can' ...more
Siegel provides an excellent clinical guide for any aspiring therapist. Using case examples he weaves the latest in neuroscience into an easy to read manual, which is well organized and inspiring. Siegel makes complex systems theory remarkably easy to understand and he makes neuroanatomy come alive with his lucid writing style and simple metaphors. Siegel's case examples are charming and he includes anecdotes from his own life with good effect. Siegel's "domains of integration" are logical and r ...more
Steven Waters
This book blends the science of neuroplasticity with mindfulness meditation -- two subjects close to my heart, brain, and mind. I'm usually most attuned to the discussions of neuroplasticity but I found myself tuning out during the sections of the book that were on this topic exclusively. This may be a function of the several other books I've read on this subject ("The Brain That Changes Itself" by Norman Doidge; "Brain Rules," by John Medina; "Spark" by John Ratey and Eric Hagerman). However, t ...more
Taylor Hansen
Very interesting take on what the recent advances and understanding in the field of Neuroplasticity can mean for/to the average person. It covers quite a bit of technical information about the different areas of the brain, how they function, communicate, what portion of our "mind" they are responsible for; as well as how some "malfunctions" in certain areas can lead to various bodily responses, disease, and psychological issues.The author includes a lot of stories of his own experiences as a psy ...more
Jenifer Jacobs
Recommended by the psychologist teaching the healing from trauma seminar I am taking. This book is useful and insightful, and offers great ways of explaining the mind to clients. Good suggestions for healing as well. It was a library book but will have to buy a copy!
This is a book I will read every year for the rest of my life. It focuses in on what happens in the brain when we are "irritated" and in our "fear" brains and what to do to get back to using our prefrontel cortex. One of the tips that I keep seeing over and over is mindfulness based stress reduction. This is the best book on the brain I have read this year!
Fascinating read if you like to have a deeper view into mind and the brain. Siegel is one of the most renowned experts in the topic and blends his scientific views with the wisdom of the east beautifully.
Chuck Morris
Excellent. This book will help you to understand how your brain actually works and how to "tame" it when it tends toward the irrational. Will transform how you see yourself and your relationships.
Karin Yeung
After reading this book, I am inspired to believe that it might be possible to rewire my own brain to be less reactive and more responsive.
Alan Livingston
On a recent routine visit to the Mayo Clinic, my oncologist recommended this book to me. We had been discussing something akin to “survivor’s guilt” in the context of my past few years. When we talked about my most recent MRI, I mentioned my recent read of “Why Dogs Love Us”. Maybe it was that book’s relationship to neuroscience that led the doctor to suggest this book. I wondered all the way through reading it why he would have recommended “Mindsight”; I never found it.

This is probably a great
Jenny Phillips
A powerful, readable and instructive guide to the world of meditation, mindfulness, and the brain!
Remmy Rem
Despite giving it a five star, I don't believe this book is perfect; in fact, I think it's far from perfect. Still... this book gives hope. And it doesn't give hope in a flowery or fancy way. It's hope derived from a synthesis of real life stories and science. Combining elements of neuroanatomy, scientific elements of the "self", and powerful narratives of real patients to give concrete examples is possibly the most magnificent thing I've ever read. The writing style isn't perfect and from time ...more
Adam Miller
Great book on brain science and combining the theories with counseling. Basically, Mindsight is a particular kind of "mindfulness" Siegel uses in his own practice. The skill helps to integrate thinking patterns and helps with many disorders including anxiety and depression as well as OCD, PTSD, and many other issues. He gave clear examples from his own practice and explains everything in a very easy to understand way. I would highly recommended this book for anyone interested in psychology, mind ...more
Sharon Allen
I like a lot of what Daniel Siegel is doing, especially looking at how the brain affects the mind (instead of treating the mind like a separate entity), but he treats the brain as though it is made of separate parts and each part has a specific job to do. Neuroscience research suggests the blain to be more plastic, which is exactly why therapy can be effective. Definitely some ideas worth noting, but I am not sure I could swallow everything as the only interpretation of information about the bra ...more
Scott Wozniak
This is a therapy book more than it's a self-improvement book. Yes, there are overlaps. But this book focuses almost entirely on stories of the therapist author helping people with deep, life-controlling issues getting to normalcy through his techniques. That's not what the summary promised.

The stories were well-written and the techniques surprisingly helpful. Many were very basic--focusing on feeling your various body parts, moving slowly from feet to head. And almost all of his patients had a
New language for old therapy strategies. I'm always leery of statements like this in a book's overview: "Using case histories from his practice, he shows how, by following the proper steps, nearly everyone can learn how to focus their attention on the internal world of the mind in a way that will literally change the wiring and architecture of their brain."

When the marketing of a book like this claims that its insights can change "nearly everyone," I worry. However, the book is well written and
Jo Green
May 10, 2012 Jo Green rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any interested in science and meditation/duality.
Recommended to Jo by: Found it on
I liked this book a lot, it got kind of dry sometimes but the concept of neuro-plasticity is just neat, to be non-technical. I've tried meditating and can't do it unless guided, millions of eastern practitioners can't be wrong. This is actually about Bio-neurology. Your brain can repair itself to an extent after injury and this Doctor uses long-term protocols of meditation therapy to treat bi-polar disorder, TBI, depression and things using this restorative method. Granted, it won't work if the ...more
"the new science of personal transformation"... Really...! or did I totally miss it?
All I heard was "hand model of the brain" or "full body scan" and occasionally "mindfulness(meditation)". Where the hell is the generic(even remotely) concept that will "tranform" a person?

First half of the book did not make any sense to me w.r.t mindsight, or give me any intuitive information which other books of the same genre don't cover. Then the author gets into his subjects and almost all of the patients mi
Jun 04, 2011 Elizabeth rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all helping professionals
also from the library the 10 disc unabridged audio set. going back 3/1/12

From the library... a lot of pressure on this book. Rob read it first. Read the foreword & introduction, and Part 1; read the first 2+ chapters in Part 2. Those chapters contain case studies of a few of his clients whose issues illustrate the kinds of things that can be done with his therapeutic approach, combining knowledge of neuroanatomy with changes in daily living. This book is my new FAVORITE book.

Book going back
Whereas Jack Kornfield and Eckhart Tolle take the spiritual vantage for writing on self-awareness, meditation, and "watching the thinker," Siegel takes the Western/science route of neurobiology and psychological case studies to the same effect, all without ever taking the same wonder and fascination out of the ordeal.

I gave this two stars for the literal "It was ok" since I often found my attention span wandering. It could have been the content, could have been the typeface of the book, or it co
Londonmabel Mabel
An excellent book about how the mind/brain works, and how it can be changed. Siegel provides a good overview of the different parts of the brain, and then each chapter is devoted to a different client and how he helped them "integrate" the different parts of their minds, to help their mental health issues (trauma, OCD, unemotional etc.)

There isn't a lot of detail about the exercises themselves (meditation, body scan, etc). He describes them, but this isn't a workbook.

I also took off one star b
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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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