I found it difficult to put down
Mindsight once I started.
Daniel Siegel acknowledges and
thanks his editor at the end of the book and
I can concur.
The language and sentence structure
has made the sometimes-technical details easy
to read and follow. I found I was able to form
a picture view of the brain and what happens
within it very easily.
Starting with defining Mindsight
as a kind of focused attention that allows us
to see the internal workings of the mind, Siegel
has divided the content into three parts.
In the first part he explores
situations in which Mindsight skills are absent.
This is the most theoretical part. His use of
case studies to demonstrate points is powerful
as I found myself getting caught up in the story
being told and somehow the technical detail
just flowed along.
Part 2 is filled with case studies
on ways to develop the skills on Mindsight.
In addition to describing the cases and treatment
he leaves you with the processes so you can
bring them into your own life if needed. One
particular chapter was useful for me as I recognised
some behaviour patterns I have which do not
reflect Mindsight. Hopefully with practice I
will build new neural pathways!
The book concludes with a very
powerful appendix and notes.
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