This week we talk to Dr. Dan Siegel
Daniel Siegel, MD is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and completed his postgraduate medical education at UCLA
He is currently a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, and executive director of theMindsight Institute, an educational center devoted to promoting insight, compassion, and empathy in individuals, families, institutions, and communities.
He has been invited to lecture for the King of Thailand, Pope John Paul II, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Google University, and TEDx.
His latest book is called Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human and is a New York Times Bestselling book.
In This Interview, Dr. Dan Siegel and I Discuss…
- The One You Feed parable
- His new book: Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human
- That where attention goes, neuro-firing flows and neuro-connection grows in the brain
- The mind is not only what the brain does, or brain firing
- The mind is more than merely energy and information flow
- The mind is a self-organizing, emergent and relational process that is regulating the flow of energy and information both within you and between you and the world
- The role of differentiating and linking in a healthy mind
- That an unhealthy mind is too rigid and/or too chaotic
- The importance of integrating rigidity and chaos in the brain
- The Human Connectome
- The fact that integration of the brain is the best indicator of a person’s well-being
- That when we honor the differences between us and promote linkage between us and others, we foster integration in our brains
- That people with trauma have impaired integration memory
- What “mindsight” is and how it differentiates from mindfulness
- How mindfulness can help foster mindsight and well-being
- The wheel of awareness
- That change seems to involve awareness
- That energy is the movement from possibility to actuality through a series of probabilities
Dr. Dan Siegel Links
A grandfather is talking with his grandson and he says there are two wolves inside of us which are always at war with each other.
One of them is a good wolf which represents things like kindness, bravery and love. The other is a bad wolf, which represents things like greed, hatred and fear.
The grandson stops and thinks about it for a second then he looks up at his grandfather and says, “Grandfather, which one wins?”
The grandfather quietly replies, the one you feedThe Tale of Two Wolves is often attributed to the Cherokee indians but there seems to be no real proof of this. It has also been attributed to evangelical preacher Billy Graham and Irish Playwright George Bernard Shaw. It appears no one knows for sure but this does not diminish the power of the parable.
This parable goes by many names including:
The Tale of Two Wolves
The Parable of the Two Wolves
Which Wolf Do You Feed
Which Wolf are You Feeding
Which Wolf Will You Feed
It also often features different animals, mainly two dogs.