The Neurobiology of “We”
How Relationships the Mind and the Brain Interact to Shape Who We Are
Dr Daniel J. Siegel
Opinion in short:
This one is only available on Audiobook, as far as I can tell… Those who’ve heard me talk about Dr Siegel’s book on The Developing Mind, will know how much I rate it. It’s one of the best books I’ve ever read and easily the best on attachment, relationships and the brain.
This set of recordings on The Neurobiology of “We” is very similar in content and makes up for the fact that the Developing Mind isn’t available on audiobook. I loved it!
- Covers a huge amount of information at a pace that is very accessible.
- The presentation is structured, systematic and he repeats the key concepts so that it’s easier to keep it all in your head.
- He manages to illustrate the brain and its basic structure very clearly – quite an achievement given that you can’t put pictures in an audiobook!
- He doesn’t assume knowledge and is diligent in explaining things as he goes along – so I never felt left behind at any point.
- Particularly good on memory and the way the brain deals with trauma – this was really helpful and has already improved my thinking and understanding on this key area.
- He’s very good at breaking down the different brain functions into lists of factors (or whatever) that makes them much more easy to digest.
- If you don’t want to read The Developing Mind (and I really recommend that you do) then this is the next best alternative, I reckon.
- There’s a sense that he’s very much moving towards mindfulness and meditation – this is explicit, he refers a lot to “mindful meditation” in later chapters – but he makes claims for this that he doesn’t quite nail down or explain. Though he does say that no-one really knows why this can be useful and can help some make real progress in dealing with and moving on from trauma.
- It gets a little more flakey (Bhuddisty, esoteric-, mystical-sounding) towards the very end. The sitar-type music doesn’t help this. But maybe I’m just a bit cynical about that kind of stuff! :0)
- Dr Siegel is a better writer than he is narrator, though if you play it on x1.25 speed it comes across fine. That said, he is very considered and clear in his delivery.
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