Achieving and spreading well-being is a practical skill, says Edna Crosby

In the foreword by Daniel Goleman (author of Emotional Intelligence), Mindsight is recommended for anyone looking for a more rewarding life. Siegel defines mindsight as “a kind of focused attention that allows us to see the internal workings of our own minds”.

The book explains how we can move away from the “autopilot” of ingrained behaviours, identify the emotions we are experiencing and avoid being overwhelmed by them.

Part 1 provides the theory, basic concepts and an introduction to brain science. Part 2 tells the stories of a number of the author’s clients who have developed mindsight. Mindsight promotes a new approach to well-being based on three fundamental principles:

  • Mindsight can be developed through practical steps - creating well-being is a learnable skill
  • The development of mindsight skills actually changes the physical structure of the brain
  • Well-being emerges when we create connections in our lives, eg connecting with others in healthy ways, honouring differences and keep communications open.

 A case study or examples of the impact in an organisational context may have added further interest for managers.

Nevertheless, I found Mindsight a fascinating and thought- provoking book and would recommend it as a contribution not only to increasing self awareness but also to enhanced understanding of other people and relationships. 

Edna Crosby is an independent coach and organisation development consultant

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