Dr. Daniel Siegel 's Interpersonal View Of A Well Rounded ' Mindsight

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This book evaluation explores and highlights Dr. Daniel Siegel’s interpersonal view of a well-rounded ‘mindsight.’ This includes the importance of compassion, mindfulness, and a wide window of tolerance for emotions when being self-aware and self-accepting. With a healthy mindsight, anyone can overcome past hardships, traumatic experiences, and present fears of uncertainty to become a better, self-loving individual who embraces reality. Siegel’s book utilizes research supported theories along with first-hand accounts to assist readers in accepting and altering their own personal hardships and mindsets in ways that promote transformation and growth. This book evaluation of Dr. Daniel Siegel’s “Mindsight” will provide insight into…show more content…
In order to have a well-rounded mindsight, one must possess the three capabilities of openness, observation, and objectivity. These three characteristics make up the tripod that supports an effective and efficient mindsight, thus leading to a better understanding of oneself (Siegel, 2010, p. 48). Openness refers to recognizing antagonistic thoughts and negating their effect; observation is the ability of self-recognition even in times of distraction; lastly, objectivity is the ability to not let a certain feeling preoccupy or consume our thoughts. In the past, I have struggled with these three characteristics that have prevented me from developing a healthy mindsight. Throughout high school, I battled with extreme self-confidence issues, and found it difficult especially to be open and objective with myself. Consumed by these unhealthy thoughts, I would allow my own restrictive judgements of myself to devour my life and dominate every aspect of it. Unbeknownst to me, I was enabling these judgements to control my life, rather than realizing that I was only battling myself. As I grew older, I came to realize that learning to be objective and dismissive to unwanted and detrimental thoughts was the key to overcoming my issues. Building on this idea of dismissing unhealthy thoughts of oneself in order to promote positive transformation, a person has to be able to be compassionate when reflecting on who
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