compassion, collaboration & cooperation iN transistion
THE GREAT LEAPS FORWARD in PSYCHOLOGY
have come from original insights that suddenly clarify our experience
from a fresh angle, revealing hidden patterns of connection. Freud's
theory of the unconscious and Darwin's model of evolution continue
to help us understand the findings from current research on human
behaviour and some of the mysteries of our daily lives.
out of the cluttered confusions of our sometimes maddening and messy
A gifted and sensitive clinician, as well as a master synthesizer of research
findings from neuroscience and child development, Dr. Siegel gives us
a map forward. Over the years he has continually broken new ground in
his writing on the brain, psychotherapy, and child-rearing; his seminars
for professionals are immensely popular.
The brain he reminds us, is a social organ. MINDSIGHT is the core concept
in "interpersonal neurobiology", a field Dr. Siegel has pioneered. This
two-person view of what goes on in the brain lets us understand how our
daily interactions matter neurologically, shaping neural circuits. Every parent
helps sculpt the growing brain of a child; the ingredients of a healthy mind
include an attuned, empathic parent - one with MINDSIGHT. Such parenting
fosters this same crucial ability in a child.
MINDSIGHT plays an integrative role in the triangle connecting
relationships, mind, and brain. As energy and information flow among
these elements of human experience, patterns emerge that shape all
three (and brain here includes its extensions via the nervous system
throughout the body).
This vision is holistic in the true sense of the word, inclusive of our whole being.
THE Evolution of Consciousness in FACT
You can think of MINDSIGHT as a very special lens that gives us the capacity
to perceive the mind with greater clarity than before. This lens is something
that virtually everyone can develop, and once we have it we can dive deeply
into the mental sea inside, exploring our own inner lives and those of others.
A uniquely human ability, MINDSIGHT allows us to examine closely, in detail
and depth, the processes by which we think, feel and behave. And it allows
us to reshape and redirect our inner experiences so that we have more freedom
of choice in our everyday actions, more power to create the future, to become
the author of our own story. Another way to put it is that MINDSIGHT is the
basic skill that underlies everything we mean when we speak of having
social and emotional intelligence.
MINDSIGHT - our ability to look within and perceive the mind -
to reflect on our experience -
is every bit as essential to our well-being.
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