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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