Daniel Siegel is one of the revolutionary global innovators in the integration of brain science into the practice of psychotherapy.
Mindsight: The new science of transformation, is a deeply compassionate and human account of what it is to be human, and offers powerful lessons for anyone trying to make sense of how we make sense of things.
Many of us have a memory that torments us, or an irrational fear we can’t shake. We sometimes become unreasonably angry or upset, and find it hard to calm down. But however much we try, we find it difficult to stop being this way.
Combining the latest thinking in Western neuroscience with Eastern meditation, Siegel attempts to discover how a troubled mind can right itself.
He claims that 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.
Siegel proposes that mindful traits of serenity, courage and wisdom involve accepting our place in the order of things.
Siegel uses brain science, clinical psychology and mindfulness to explore the interface between mind, brain and relationships. He looks at cutting-edge research into the brain functions relevant to understanding our emotions, and at the fact that our brains are plastic and can grow and change through properly guided mental activity.
The book shows how we can change our dysfunctional habits of mind and become more flexible, adaptive, coherent, energized, and stable.