Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology: An Integrative Handbook of the Mind (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology)
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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
within a relationship, for example—that has a tendency to move toward chaos, rigidity, or both. So this does not get too cumbersome in the reading, let’s just say that when a system is “integratively challenged” it is prone to rigidity or chaos (knowing that it can be one or the other, or both). Here is an exciting finding from systems science: There is a natural drive for complex systems* to move toward integration, toward wholeness, toward health. A complex system is one that is open to
sides of the brain for hundreds of millions of years. Ultimately this awareness can help us to integrate our functioning and avoid the ways in which we adaptively shut off input from one region or another to survive. Interpersonal neurobiology’s aim toward integration is to move from just surviving to thriving. 15 THE BRAIN AS A SYSTEM CONCEPT: WHAT IS THIS? The brain as a system* functions as a whole in which the differentiated* areas link* their signals to one another in the
needs to address. We may ultimately come up with more questions than satisfactory answers, but that is fine. This is a helpful place for us to deepen our conversation about the mind and its connection to energy and information flow. Awareness may be seen as arising from an open plane of possibility*. Processes we are aware of arise from increases in degrees of possibility from probable (such as a mood or state of mind* or intention*) to certain (a particular thought, feeling, image, or memory*).
on the street will be felt as “emotional.” On the other hand, if you only knew me superficially, this encounter might have little meaning and not be emotional at all. There would be little shift in the degrees of your integrative state, little change in your sense of self* from the meeting, and we each might experience this encounter as not an emotional or an emotionally meaningful meeting. By focusing on energy and information flow patterns, we can place emotion at the center of the triangle*
tendencies (behavioral patterns), emotions (the feeling states involved), and ways of thinking (strategies of reasoning, attitudes, and decision making). Whether we are playing tennis or teaching, we “take on a role” or invite the state of mind to fill our mental lives. A state of mind is an assembly of what can be called implicit mental processes* that shape our information processing* often without our knowing that these are mental actions at work. We just think or feel or behave without