Developing Mind, 2ed: How Relationships and the Brain Interact to Shape Who We Are

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Daniel J Siegel

  • Developing Mind, 2ed
  • Developing Mind, 2ed
    Presents a groundbreaking new way of thinking about the emergence of the human mind & the process by which we become feeling, thinking, remembering individuals.

506 pages
ISBN: 9781462520671

This bestselling book put the field of interpersonal neurobiology on the map for over 100,000 readers. Daniel J. Siegel goes beyond the nature and nurture divisions that traditionally have constrained much of our thinking about development, exploring the role of interpersonal relationships in forging key connections in the brain. He presents a groundbreaking new way of thinking about the emergence of the human mind and the process by which each of us becomes a feeling, thinking, remembering individual. Illuminating how and why neurobiology matters, this book is essential reading for clinicians, educators, researchers and students interested in promoting healthy development and resilience.

New to This Edition:

  • Incorporates significant scientific and technical advances.
  • Expanded discussions of cutting-edge topics, including neuroplasticity, epigenetics, mindfulness, and the neural correlates of consciousness. 
  • Useful pedagogical features: pull-outs, diagrams, and a glossary. 
  • Epilogue on domains of integration—specific pathways to well-being and therapeutic change.

Table of Contents

  1. Mind, Brain, and Relationships: The Interpersonal Neurobiology Perspective
  2. Memory
  3. Attachment
  4. Emotion
  5. States of Mind: Cohesion, Subjective Experience, and Complex Systems
  6. Representations: Modes of Processing and the Construction of Reality
  7. Self-Regulation
  8. Interpersonal Connection
  9. Integration

Epilogue: A Framework for Cultivating Integration


"When I first read The Developing Mind, I thought it was an amazing and unique book that provided enormous insight into children and their development. I had no idea why a second edition would be needed. But now that I have read this second edition, I realize that the book has reached perfection. Its conceptual integration of mind, brain, and relationships is magnificent. The second edition will provide every teacher, therapist, and parent with a rich understanding of how our interactions with kids shape their brains, their minds, and their entire future. Everyone will want to read this book again and again."
- John M. Gottman, PhD, author of The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work

"When The Developing Mind was first published, Siegel's proposal that mind, brain, and relationships represented 'three aspects of one reality' essential to human well-being still seemed closer to inspired speculation than teachable scientific knowledge. Just over a decade later, the neurobiology of interpersonal experience has grown into one of the hottest areas of psychological research. Over two thousand new references surveyed for the second edition testify to just how far neuroscientists, developmental psychologists, and clinicians have brought the field as they begin to more fully chart the interplay of mind, body, and relationships. This splendid second edition—at once accessibly written and meticulously documented—provides a comprehensive guide to this emerging science."
- Sarah Blaffer Hrdy, PhD, Professor Emerita of Anthropology, University of California, Davis

"The Developing Mind, Second Edition, is a compelling, thoughtful, and immensely readable account of the fascinating ways the brain, mind, and relationships co-evolve and interact throughout development. Rigorously updated, this volume captures the enormous and diverse progress within the field of interpersonal neurobiology over the course of the last decade. Siegel is a wonderful storyteller and teacher with a real gift for bringing the complex to life in such a way that it seems almost simple."
- Arietta Slade, PhD, Professor, Clinical and Developmental Psychology, The City College and City University of New York