Monday, February 22, 2010

More Mindsight with Dan Siegel

Part 2:

"Fear leads to decreased compassion."
--if fear closes us off, then does faith, hope and optimism open us up to each other?

"Cultural practices change synaptic connections."
--this makes me wonder if the rules and routines we hold so dear actually support our brain development from the cradle to the grave? Is the way we build our lives supportive of our brain and human connections?

"The mind is more than the activity of the brain and relationships shape the mind."
--are our relationships brain healthy and wise?

"The mind is a process that regulates the flow of energy and information. It is embodied and relational. Synaptic connections are formed by human connections. Relationships shape neural firing."
--the power of relationships never ceases to amaze me, it is everything.

"Mindsight - the ability to sense, within the body and relationships, energy flow and information. It embeds every branch of science, religion or art."

"Emotional Intelligence (EQ) - capacity to know one's own emotions and share them."

"Social problem solving requires knowing other people's emotions."

"Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) tells us that when you teach these skills to kids, they do better, across socioeconomic status (SES)."

"Individual therapist looks for the nut in the group. The family therapist looks for the process."

"Reflection = flashlight in that dark place."
--more reflection! need more light!

"Mind goes from unhealth to health when you teach your patients to monitor with more clarity and modify with more strength."

"Energy - the capacity to do work/stuff."
--this reminds me of Mr. Cordova's definition of Power = the ability to get things done.

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