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Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation- Review

by Rachel Hott, PhD

Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation By Daniel J. Siegel, 2010, Bantam Books, New York

In December 2009 I attended the Evolutionary Psychotherapy conference in California where I saw Dr. Daniel J. Siegel present I found his presentation very interesting as he is described the brain’s role in mental health. He had a wonderful way of combining practical suggestions as he described the complex understanding of the brain. He has written several books on this topic, and his most recent book, Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation, is a book I would like to discuss.

After completing this book I wrote down several take away points that I can use with my clients and students. The points that I want to explore are; learning to do insight meditation, doing body scanning, understanding the relationship between the middle prefrontal cortex and amygdala, paying attention to the differences between the left and right hemispheres, working with couples, and helping people who