Daniel J. Siegel: Brainstorm



Sible if you read much at all about the brain or about mindfulness you ll ncounter a lot of familiar information but the way its organized and the particular context of this book make it still worth your time The tag line for this book is the Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain Thus I One Con Glory expected some profound insights on adolescence And yes to be fair the author did talk about teen behavior and how the brain functions But I felt that the bulk of this book was made up of mind sightxercises things like breathing techniues reflection and other stuff that my teen will never do If this book had been labeled as such meditation and breathing xercises for teens or something like that my decision to read would have been different While the book does have useful info it was not what I was looking for There were some interesting things in the book but I had a few problems with itFirst the title was wrong This book dealt primarily with how adults can train their brains to be younger and not about the teenage brain which was secondary or ven perhaps tertiary Second the way this book was written reminded me of a 1980 s style The author loved creating acronyms for The Great Orange Leonard Scandal (Tall Tales Series; 4) everything and describing his ideas based on an alliteration of words This best descriptions don t always rhyme or begin with the same letter so this was off putting I felt that the ability to hone a truth took a backseat to branding If you love acronyms and alliterations to guide you then greatThird making up new names for somethinglse The one that stands out is mindsight What is it Awareness You can have internal and Tangled Webs (The Black Jewels, external awareness I mean mindsight Fourth there s not a bibliography This kind of puts an additional damper on treating this book like a well researched scientific dissertation versus a self help system pulled from thether with just A Fairly Honourable Defeat enough name dropping to give it a sense of validityI gave this two stars and not one because if someone picks this book up to read out of interest to learn about the human brain well that s something The myths about the teen brain are not just wrong but destructive We ve heard for decades about the downsides of the teen years the risks taken impulsivity and the like Recent brain research has pegged some of this to a peculiarity in brain growth during those years The growth of circuitry for impulse and pleasure outpaces that for inhibiting those impulses which do not catch up until thearly 20sBut Dr Siegel takes that same data and puts a positive spin on what this means for the teen years which he pegs at ages 12 to 24 That s a uniue period in life with its burst of xploration maturation and growth in very way As he says Life is on fireAnd how teens navigate these years has real conseuences for how they live the rest of lives While there are always risks and downsides the teen mind has uniue positive ualities A search for the new and novel This byproduct of an increased power in the brain s reward circuitry creates a natural urge to Elisabeth Shue 135 Success Facts - Everything You Need to Know about Elisabeth Shue explore the world to try new things and ways of being While the downside can be taking dangerous and impulsive risks the upside is being open to change and a sense of adventure A need for social connection The teen years are marked by the importance of friendships If teens become too isolated from the adults in their lives this can increase risky behavior But the ability to make strong friendships predicts well being and satisfaction throughout life Intensemotions Life uickens becoming vital While this can mean moodiness and over reactivity this intensity creates immense The Man Without a Face energy and a zest for life Creativity and curiosity This openness to the new combines with the teenager s acuisition of reasoning abstract thinking and a creative bent While this can sometimes lead to a crisis in identity or lack of direction the upside can be out of the box innovative thinking and creativexploration of life s possibilitiesAll these attributes of the teen brain and the upsides Siegel points out would serve us well throughout our adult lives. Behaviour and relationships Drawing on important new research in the field of interpersonal neurobiology he Happy Easter, Mouse! (If You Give...) exploresxciting ways in which understanding how the teenage brain functions can help parents make what is in fact an incredibly positive period of growth change and xperimentation in their children's lives less lonely and distressing on both sides of the generational divide.

Based on research into actual brain changes this book defines teenage years as between ages 12 24 This book was written so it could be read by ither teenagers or their parents While somewhat simplified for the benefit of younger readers the book presents ideas that are helpful to any person Threads Of The Shroud even senior citizens I heard Daniel Siegel being interviewed on NPR and instantly ordered a book for myself and one for our daughter in law My husband is always interested in learning about brain function He agreed with me that since the oldest grandchild was already showing signs of teenage angst we should buy and send thextra copy Anything to help the kids survive their children s teenage yearsThe book gives detailed All Seated on the Ground explanations of how the teenage brain functions and how it is different fromarlier or later years It helps parents and teenagers recognize the strengths of those drives and how to channel nergy into productive behavior Some sections are general guides for surviving the changesSome sections about specific sex drug use separation issues and other teen issues Some of the strengths of the teenage brain really should be reactivated as adults to keep us from becoming set in routine less willing to step outside our comfort zone Sections are spent reflecting on past relationships and how to bridge or build better relationships helpful at any age Sections are given on how to build a balanced healthy lifestyle that are also valuable advice for all agesThree and a half stars I would give it 4 stars for the subjects covered and have already recommended it to several parents with teenagers three for the simplified writing I appreciate the reason for that format but it detracted from some of my reading pleasure As I read I couldn t help but think that my scientifically oriented husband may not stick with the book though he should The problem It talks about inner reflection the bane of the left brained This should not be a book just to read and apply in your valuation of other people It should be a book where you learn or redirect your attention to reexamine yourself and how you respond to significant others However if adults are looking for nothing Wiring else than help to survive living with teenagers this book would be worth the time andffort The Teenage Brain for Dummies I personally was hoping for a science and research heavy book about adolescent development and brain changes Maybe that was my mistake because this book is definitely not any of that No it s like a bad self help book for teensparents Definitely not worth the read I received this book through a giveaway on GoodReads Within the first few pages I was already realizing that my way of thinking was being challenged and changed This book takes a positive look on the changes of a teen brain but isn t restricted for only that age group but for adults as well This is not just a book for parents of teens but anyone who is curious about the changes in the brain and how to deal with them I m kind of a Danieal Siegel fan boy I am unapologetic about this His work is one of the major factors behind my decision to become a mental health clinician I think he s a master communicatoreducatorpopularizer of these hitherto soteric and complicated ideas ie the mind the brain mental health mindfulness tc I loved the Mindfull Brain and Mindsight and despite the fact that some of this book is fruity as hell I think this may be my favorite so far People criticize Daniel Siegel for being light weight or for playing fast and loose with the science or for being a neophyte meditator I think these criticisms are missing the real value of his work There are plenty of technical comprehensive and arcane texts on the afore mentioned subjects If you want complex precise or difficult there are no shortages of books out there that fit that bill My advise is to go read those if that s what your wanting Danieal Siegel s work is all about making these ideas available to a popular audience And based on his popularity a tautology I know but. In this groundbreaking book the bestselling author of Parenting from the Inside Out and The Whole Brain Child shows parents how to turn one of the most challenging developmental periods in their children's lives into one of the most rewarding Between the ages of 12 and 24 the brain changes in important and often maddening ways It's no wonder that many parents approach their child's.

Bare with me it s working One of the major innovations this book offers is an alternative to the threadbare notion that teenagers are dangerous narcissistic and irresponsible and adolescence is the trying time Jingling Daddys Bells BDSM Menage every parent mustndure Dr Siegel gently flips these veritable truisms on their head by reframing adolescence as an important developmental stage where adventurous creativity and sets for life set the stage for an adult life that I m paraphrasing isn t dead on the vine In other words if our adolescents aren t taking risks and The DOS exploring their one wild life than there is a serious problemTheir brains are going through a massive boom and prune growth faze They are or less hard wired to take risksxplore their boundaries and play whatever cards they are holding The trick is to offer them Against All Odds enough differentiated connection to the adult world so that they have opportunities toxplore their wild and crazy interests in a safe and sustainable way Dr Siegel takes it one step further and challenges adults in his typical super soft way to rekindle what s left of their adolescent joi de vivre in order to stave off the dried up old stuck in a rut grown up shit we all swore we d avoid when we were that age That s the real message of the bookReader beware if you looking for a How To Parent Your CRAZY Teen keep looking This book challenges the reader to focus on changing and improving the one thing you may be able to change and improve Yourself The tacit message is if you do that than your crazy teen just may be positively influenced At the minimum you ll be less crazy So there Lastly the book has some major flaws The most glaring being the portmanteau mwe Siegel coined by smashing up the words me and we Mwe Don t Sleep, Circadian Rhythms, and Metabolism even fuckin ask me what the fuck he was thinking Any way I guess you have to take some risks in order to create And Dr Siegel makes up for all of his cringable cheese with some really sweet and authentically deep stuff So almost all is forgiven Firstly and as usual I received this book for the ripe sum of nothing via a giveaway this time from Shelf Awareness Despite that kind consideration from all involved my candid opinions follow below Toxtend the preamble a bit this book wasn t uite what I Treasons, Stratagems, And Spoils expected Because of that I m going to keep the value judgments to a minimum and instead just try to describe what the book tries to be It s up to you whether it s what you want to be reading or not I just make with the descriptionsWhat Ixpected out of this book was something rather harder and rooted in science The book jacket says it s based on the latest research and I have no doubt that s the case but none of that research seems to have made its way directly into the book Instead what you have is very soft and results bas The discussion of the physiological changes in the brain during this period of growth 12 24 was fascinating and I appreciated the reframing of a negative mindset about adolescence However the book as a whole tends to be a bit repetitive and I m not sure how willing an adolescentteen is going to be to Payment Due engage in the mindfulxercises provided i Vampireville (Vampire Kisses, enjoyed this book despite the fact that i cannot stand the way daniel siegel writes he means well i know he does hisarnestness and Pirate of the Pacific (Doc Savage, enthusiasm are in boldface all oververy page but i came to this book looking for information not a new best friend so at times it was incredibly difficult to get through still there s a lot of good stuff in this book which came across to me as a kind of one stop compilation of the latest good science on neurology brain development mindfulness psychotherapy and the role of physical health in mental well being i have a 12yo with the brain of a 19yo and a 9yo with the brain of a tween so there s a lot here for me to think about i often cringe when i read parenting books since they re invariably written by people doing a much better job of things than i am but for the most part i found the material presented here and the structure of its presentation very helpful and very acces. Adolescence with fear and trepidation According to renowned neuropsychiatrist Daniel Siegel however if parents and teens can work together to form a deeper understanding of the brain science behind all the tumult they will be able to turn conflict into connection and form a deeper understanding of one another In Brainstorm Siegel illuminates how brain development affects teenagers'.

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Daniel J Siegel MD is an internationally acclaimed author award winning educator and child psychiatrist Dr Siegel received his medical degree from Harvard University 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 where he also