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Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology: An Integrative Handbook of the Mind

Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology: An Integrative Handbook of the Mind

by Daniel J. Siegel M.D.
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The central concepts of the theory of interpersonal neurobiology.

Many fields have explored the nature of mental life from psychology to psychiatry, literature to linguistics. Yet no common “framework” where each of these important perspectives can be honored and integrated with one another has been created in which a person seeking their collective wisdom can find answers to some basic questions, such as, What is the purpose of life? Why are we here? How do we know things, how are we conscious of ourselves? What is the mind? What makes a mind healthy or unwell? And, perhaps most importantly: What is the connection among the mind, the brain, and our relationships with one another?

Our mental lives are profoundly relational. The interactions we have with one another shape our mental world. Yet as any neuroscientist will tell you, the mind is shaped by the firing patterns in the brain. And so how can we reconcile this tension—that the mind is both embodied and relational? Interpersonal Neurobiology is a way of thinking across this apparent conceptual divide.

This Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology is designed to aid in your personal and professional application of the interpersonal neurobiology approach to developing a healthy mind, an integrated brain, and empathic relationships. It is also designed to assist you in seeing the intricate foundations of interpersonal neurobiology as you read other books in the Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology.

Praise for Daniel J. Siegel's books:

“Siegel is a must-read author for anyone interested in the science of the mind.” —Daniel Goleman, author of Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships

“[S]tands out for its skillful weaving together of the interpersonal, the inner world, the latest science, and practical applications.” —Jack Kornfield, PhD, founding teacher of the Insight Meditation Society and Spirit Rock Center, and author of A Path With Heart

“Siegel has both a meticulous understanding of the roles of different parts of the brain and an intimate relationship with mindfulness . . . [A]n exciting glimpse of an uncharted territory of neuroscience.” —Scientific American Mind

“Dr. Daniel Siegel is one of the most thoughtful, eloquent, scientifically solid and reputable exponents of mind/body/brain integration in the world today.” —Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, author of Wherever You Go, There You Are, Full Catastrophe Living, and Coming to Our Senses

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393707137
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 04/02/2012
Series: Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 384,200
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(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:

Table of Contents

Reflections and Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xv

1 Mind 1-1

2 Relationships 2-1

3 Brain and Body 3-1

4 Triangle of Well-Being 4-1

5 Awareness 5-1

6 Mindful Awareness 6-1

7 Attention 7-1

8 Neuroplasticity 8-1

9 SNAG: "Neurons that Fire Together, Wire Together" 9-1

10 The Brain in the Palm of Your Hand 10-1

11 Spinal Cord and Lamina I 11-1

12 Brainstem 12-1

13 Limbic Area 13-1

14 Cortex 14-1

15 The Brain as a System 15-1

16 Integration 16-1

17 Creativity, Health, and the River of Integration 17-1

18 Relationships and Integrative Communication 18-1

19 The Neurobiology of We 19-1

20 Attachment 20-1

21 Categories of Attachment 21-1

22 Mindsight 22-1

23 Attunement 23-1

24 Following Rupture with Repair 24-1

25 Time-In and Mindful Awareness Practices 25-1

26 The Wheel of Awareness 26-1

27 Middle Prefrontal Functions 27-1

28 Energy and Information Flow 28-1

29 Plane of Possibility 29-1

30 Memory 30-1

31 Narrative 31-1

32 Emotion 32-1

33 Windows of Tolerance and Response Flexibility 33-1

34 Interpersonal Attunement Shapes Self-Regulation 34-1

35 States of Mind 35-1

36 Mental Processes: Modes and Moods, Activities and Representations 36-1

37 Mental Well-Being and the Healthy Mind Platter 37-1

38 Un-Health and Dis-Ease 38-1

39 Making Sense of Trauma and Its Resolution 39-1

40 The Meaning of Well-Being 40-1

41 Domains of Integration 41-1

42 From Me to We: Synapse, Society, and An Expanded Self 42-1

43 Internal Education 43-1

Figures F-1-F-16

Annotated Index AI-1-AI-86

Nodal Network NN-1-NN-9

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Addyave More than 1 year ago
Dan Siegel has done it again. He gets it! We "common folk" want to know how our brains work and how to optimize brain development. He has written a book that gives us the facts and the experience of the plasticity of the brain. AND For those who don't like to mark your books, he's made it easy. Important terms are italicized and defined in the annotated index, key ideas are shaded in text, and the "chapters" are really topics with numbered pages to make cross referencing easier. There is so much more so don't hesitate, GET THIS BOOK! you will be so glad you did. Addyave