Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human

Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human

by Daniel J. Siegel M.D.

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Overview

A New York Times Bestseller.


A scientist’s exploration into the mysteries of the human mind.


What is the mind? What is the experience of the self truly made of? How does the mind differ from the brain? Though the mind’s contents—its emotions, thoughts, and memories—are often described, the essence of mind is rarely, if ever, defined.


In this book, noted neuropsychiatrist and New York Times best-selling author Daniel J. Siegel, MD, uses his characteristic sensitivity and interdisciplinary background to offer a definition of the mind that illuminates the how, what, when, where, and even why of who we are, of what the mind is, and what the mind’s self has the potential to become. MIND takes the reader on a deep personal and scientific journey into consciousness, subjective experience, and information processing, uncovering the mind’s self-organizational properties that emerge from both the body and the relationships we have with one another, and with the world around us. While making a wide range of sciences accessible and exciting—from neurobiology to quantum physics, anthropology to psychology—this book offers an experience that addresses some of our most pressing personal and global questions about identity, connection, and the cultivation of well-being in our lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393710533
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 10/18/2016
Series: Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology Series
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 319,720
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Daniel J. Siegel, MD is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and completed his postgraduate medical education at UCLA with training in pediatrics and child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. He is currently a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, founding co-director of UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center, founding co-investigator at the UCLA Center for Culture, Brain and Development, and executive director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational center devoted to promoting insight, compassion, and empathy in individuals, families, institutions, and communities. Dr. Siegel’s psychotherapy practice spans thirty years, and he has published extensively for the professional audience. He serves as the Founding Editor for theNorton Professional Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology which includes over three dozen textbooks. Dr. Siegel’s books include Mindsight, Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology, The Developing Mind, Second Edition, The Mindful Therapist, The Mindful Brain, Parenting from the Inside Out (with Mary Hartzell, M.Ed.), and the three New York Times bestsellers: Brainstorm, The Whole-Brain Child (with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.), and his latest No-Drama Discipline (with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.). He has been invited to lecture for the King of Thailand, Pope John Paul II, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Google University, and TEDx. For more information about his educational programs and resources, please visit: www.DrDanSiegel.com.

Table of Contents

1 Welcome 1

The Mind's Curiosity About Itself 5

A Common View: The Mind Is What the Brain Does 7

Our Identity and the Internal and Relational Origin of Mind 12

Why this Book About the Mind? 13

An Invitation 16

The Approach of Our Journey 17

Words Reflecting on Reflecting Words 20

2 What Is the Mind? 26

Working on a Working Definition of Mind (1990-1995) 26

The System of Mind: Complex Systems, Emergence, and Causality 42

Reflections and Invitations: Self-Organization of Energy and Information Flow 51

3 How Does the Mind Work in Ease and Dis-Ease? 62

Self-Organization, Lost and Found (1995-2000) 63

Differentiation and Linkage: The Integration of Healthy Minds 75

Reflections and Invitations: Integration and Well-Being? 85

4 Is the Mind's Subjective Reality Real? 99

Adapting to a Medical World that had Lost Its Mind (1980-1985) 100

Mind sight in Health and Healing 110

Reflections and Invitations: The Centrality of Subjectivity 115

5 Who Are We? 123

Exploring the Layers of Experience Beneath Identity (1975-1980) 124

Top-Down and Bottom-Up 127

Reflections and Invitations; Identity, Self, and Mind 140

6 Where Is Mind? 145

Could Mind Be Distributed Beyond the Individual? (1983-1990) 145

Neuroplasticity and Cultural Systems 177

Reflections and Invitations; Within and Between 182

7 A Why of Mind? 188

Meaning and Mind, Science and Spirituality (2000-2005) 188

Integration as the "Purpose of Life?" 200

Reflections and Invitations; Purpose and Meaning 206

8 When Is Mind? 212

Exploring Presence in Mind and Moment (2005-2010) 212

Attunement, Integration, and Time 227

Reflections and Imitations; Awareness and Time 235

9 A Continuum Connecting Consciousness, Cognition, and Community? 257

Integrating Consciousness, Illuminating Mind (2010-2015) 258

Consciousness, Non-Consciousness, and Presence 277

Reflections and Invitations: Cultivating Presence 287

10 Humankind: Can We Be Both? 302

Being, Doing, and Integrating Mind (2015-eternal present) 302

The Systems of a Plural Self and Integration of Identity 316

Reflections and Invitations: MWe, an Integrating Self, and a Kind Mind 323

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