Defining the Mind with Dr. Dan Siegel

 In Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Dementia, Depression, Mental Health, mindfulness, PTSD

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Date: March 13, 2017

Episode Description for Defining the Mind

Without defining the mind, medicine has left a lot of questions about who and what we are.  Dr. Dan Seigel takes us on a journey in his book “Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human”.  After finding a definition for the mind, it allows us to then have a deeper understanding of ourselves and how we work.

 Dr. Risk’s Thoughts

With all the latest talk about mindfulness, I found it interesting to take the time to define the mind.  It’s important for us to understand how we work.  I did find some of this hard to follow, as I think is the point.  Up until now, no one has defined the mind, as Dr. Siegel points out.  We try to understand it, label it, diagnosis and dissect it.  But we really need to continue to define it.

Guest Information

Dr. Dan Siegel

Dr. Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. He is also the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute which focuses on the development of mindsight, which teaches insight, empathy, and integration in individuals, families and communities.

Dr. Siegel has published extensively for both the professional and lay audiences. His four New York Times bestsellers are: Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human, Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, and two books with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D: The Whole-Brain Child, and No-Drama Discipline. His other books include: The Developing Mind (2nd Ed.), Mindsight, The Mindful Brain, and The Mindful Therapist. Dr. Siegel also serves as the Founding Editor for the Norton Professional Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology which contains over fifty textbooks.

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