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Between the ages of 12 and 24, 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's New York Times bestseller Brainstorm, if parents and teens can work together to form a deeper understanding of the brain science behind all the tumult, they will be able to turn conflict into connection and form a deeper understanding of one another. In Brainstorm, Siegel illuminates how brain development impacts teenagers' behavior and relationships. Drawing on important new research in the field of interpersonal neurobiology, he explores exciting ways in which understanding how the teenage brain functions can help parents make what is in fact an incredibly positive period of growth, change, and experimentation in their children's lives less lonely and distressing on both sides of the generational divide.
This bestselling book put the field of interpersonal neurobiology on the map for many tens of thousands of readers. Daniel J. Siegel goes beyond the nature and nurture divisions that traditionally have constrained much of our thinking about development, exploring the role of interpersonal relationships in forging key connections in the brain. He presents a groundbreaking new way of thinking about the emergence of the human mind and the process by which each of us becomes a feeling, thinking, remembering individual. Illuminating how and why neurobiology matters, this book is essential reading for clinicians, educators, researchers, and students interested in promoting healthy development and resilience. New to This Edition Incorporates significant scientific and technical advances. Expanded discussions of cutting-edge topics, including neuroplasticity, epigenetics, mindfulness, and the neural correlates of consciousness. Epilogue on domains of integration--specific pathways to well-being and therapeutic change. Useful pedagogical features pull-outs, diagrams, and a glossary.
As we move into the third millennium, the field of mental health is in an exciting position to bring together diverse ideas from a range of disciplines that illuminate our understanding of human experience: neurobiology, developmental psychology, traumatology, and systems theory. The contributors emphasize the ways in which the social environment, including relationships of childhood, adulthood, and the treatment milieu change aspects of the structure of the brain and ultimately alter the mind.
Siegel, who directs the Mindsight Institute and teaches psychiatry at UCLA, offers a comprehensive guide to his approach to the psychotherapeutic relationship. Interweaving ideas of mind, brain, and relationship, and demonstrating their interplay in distinct areas of thought and behavior, Siegel distills his theories into a fully realized model that therapists can apply to their interaction with clients. The exercises and explanations are geared towards training therapists in developing mindful behavior, showing how this behavior comes to affect neural reactions in the brain, and how mindfulness increases the level of connection in the therapist-client relationship. Written for psychotherapists of all levels of experience, this relatively small volume is unusually substantial in its content, encompassing as it does an overarching structure for practitioners to apply in their practice. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Foreword by Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence.This groundbreaking book, from one of the global innovators in the integration of brain science with psychotherapy, offers an extraordinary guide to the practice of "mindsight," the potent skill that is the basis for both emotional and social intelligence. From anxiety to depression and feelings of shame and inadequacy, from mood swings to addictions, OCD, and traumatic memories, most of us have a mental "trap" that causes recurring conflict in our lives and relationships. Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and co-director of the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, shows us how to use mindsight to escape these traps. Through his synthesis of a broad range of scientific research with applications to everyday life, Dr. Siegel has developed novel approaches that have helped hundreds of patients free themselves from obstacles blocking their happiness. By cultivating mindsight, all of us can effect positive, lasting changes in our brains--and our lives. A book as inspiring as it is profound, Mindsight can help us master our emotions, heal our relationships, and reach our fullest potential.
Building on his working definition of 'mind' in The Developing Mind (1999), Siegel (UCLA School of Medicine and UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center/Mindsight Institute) presents an accessible, open-minded interdisciplinary exploration of the mind, brain, and relationships. Intended as a textbook companion, the concise guide contains entries connected like nodes in the brain or social networks on key concepts (e. g. , neuroplasticity, the expanded self), illustrations, and an annotated index. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)
Roots of empathy--an evidence-based program developed in 1996 by longtime educator and social entrepreneur Mary Gordon--has already reached more than 270,000 children in Canada, the U.S., Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and elsewhere. Now, as The New York Times reports that empathy lessons are spreading everywhere amid concerns over the pressure on students from high-stakes tests and a race to college that starts in kindergarten, Mary Gordon explains the value of and how best to nurture empathy and social and emotional literacy in all children-and thereby reduce aggression, antisocial behavior, and bullying.
Your toddler throws a tantrum in the middle of a store. Your preschooler refuses to get dressed. Your fifth-grader sulks on the bench instead of playing on the field. Do children conspire to make their parents' lives endlessly challenging? No--it's just their developing brain calling the shots!In this pioneering, practical book, Daniel J. Siegel, neuropsychiatrist and author of the bestselling Mindsight, and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson demystify the meltdowns and aggravation, explaining the new science of how a child's brain is wired and how it matures. The "upstairs brain," which makes decisions and balances emotions, is under construction until the mid-twenties. And especially in young children, the right brain and its emotions tend to rule over the logic of the left brain. No wonder kids can seem--and feel--so out of control. By applying these discoveries to everyday parenting, you can turn any outburst, argument, or fear into a chance to integrate your child's brain and foster vital growth. Raise calmer, happier children using twelve key strategies, including * Name It to Tame It: Corral raging right-brain behavior through left-brain storytelling, appealing to the left brain's affinity for words and reasoning to calm emotional storms and bodily tension.* Engage, Don't Enrage: Keep your child thinking and listening, instead of purely reacting.* Move It or Lose It: Use physical activities to shift your child's emotional state.* Let the Clouds of Emotion Roll By: Guide your children when they are stuck on a negative emotion, and help them understand that feelings come and go.* SIFT: Help children pay attention to the Sensations, Images, Feelings, and Thoughts within them so that they can make better decisions and be more flexible.* Connect Through Conflict: Use discord to encourage empathy and greater social success. Complete with clear explanations, age-appropriate strategies for dealing with day-to-day struggles, and illustrations that will help you explain these concepts to your child, The Whole-Brain Child shows you how to cultivate healthy emotional and intellectual development so that your children can lead balanced, meaningful, and connected lives.From the Hardcover edition.
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