Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain

Praise:

“By the end of this book, the teenager has been transformed...into a thinking, feeling, and entirely approachable human being.”

Publishers Weekly

“Siegel emerges as a bighearted writer, fully convinced that we all possess the fundamental virtues to navigate the choppy waters of adolescence, and he is eager for us to set them loose, working with adolescents to cultivate the positive aspects—and he is hugely convincing of the intense engagement and creativity that often accompany this time period in a person’s life. Smart advice...on providing the most supportive and brain-healthy environment during the tumultuous years of adolescence.”

Kirkus Reviews

Brainstorm is eye-opening and inspiring, a great gift to us all—teens, parents of teens, and anyone who wants a full and rich life on this planet. Daniel Siegel shows how the supposed downsides of the teen years all have upsides, and that the lessons for living that await teens are ones any of us, at any age, can learn from. Teens and their parents stand to benefit immensely from reading this book, separately or together.”

—Daniel Goleman, author Emotional Intelligence and FOCUS

Brainstorm is a necessary look at why adolescents do what they do that can put parents in an emotional frenzy. The information that Dr. Dan Siegel shares is not only invaluable for understanding your growing child's brain, but helps build more compassion and patience. A gift for us all.”

—Goldie Hawn

“Siegel gives us a fresh and insightful examination of adolescence from his point of view as an expert on the brain. The book also shows him to be a thoughtful parent, a compassionate guide and a very fine writer. I strongly recommend Brainstorm to teens and to those who care about them.” 

—Mary Pipher, Ph.D., author of Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls and The Green Boat: Reviving Ourselves in Our Capsized Culture

“This book is chock-full of cutting-edge knowledge as well as a deep compassion for teenagers, the adults they will become, and the teenagers in all of us.”

—Alanis Morisette

“The teen years don't have to be filled with turmoil! In Brainstorm, Dan Siegel serves up a rich blend of smart insights and nitty-gritty tips to guide teens and the adults who care for them through this amazing period of creativity, conflict, and love."  

—Harvey Karp, MD, FAAP, author of The Happiest Toddler on the Block

“Dr. Siegel aptly characterizes the teen years as the most powerful life phase for activating courage, purpose, and creativity. With his usual personal and compassionate delivery, he illustrates how we can all become more aware, empathic, and understanding of both teenagers and ourselves. A visionary and a guide, Siegel knows that if we treat teenagers with the respect and understanding they deserve, they are more likely to live up to their greatest capacities.”

—Laura Kastner, Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington, and author of Wise-Minded Parenting: 7 Essentials for Raising Successful Tweens and Teens

“At last a book that really explains adolescence! ‘You just don’t get me’ is a common refrain from teenagers to their parents and teachers. Adolescents who read this book will discover that Daniel Siegel gets them. My favorite thing about this book is that Siegel does not see adolescence as a problem to be solved or a hardship to be endured, but rather as a wellspring of courage and creativity. This respectfulness is why the book works so well as a manual for adolescents, as well as for their parents and mentors.”

—Lawrence Cohen, Ph.D., author of The Opposite of Worry

“A much needed guide to the perils—and promise!—of adolescence, Brainstorm is full of practical tips for fostering happiness and success throughout the teen years. A must-read for anyone with adolescents in their lives!”

—Christine Carter, Ph.D., author of Raising Happiness and former director of UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center

Brainstorm recognizes the power, courage, and creativity of the next generation of change makers and invites us on a reflective and experiential journey of living life to the fullest, from adolescence and beyond. It is essential reading for anyone interested in creating a better world for themselves and others.”

— Craig Kielburger, Co-Founder of Free the Children