Work & Family Life

Discipline: It's All About Connection

by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.

April 07, 2015

Connecting with our children emotionally is the first step in effective discipline.

Pathways to Family Wellness

Signal Boost: Send Your Teen these Messages instead of a Text

by Dr. Siegel

March 30, 2015

Social media has a reputation for being nothing but trouble for teenagers.

The Extra

The Family Way

interview with Lisa Salmon

February 02, 2015

If the kids are misbehaving and won’t listen to your desperate attempts to stop World War Three, you may very well be at your wit’s end. And for many parents, that means shouting and punishing in an often futile attempt to get the kids to stop playing up. But it doesn’t have to be that way, says Dr Daniel Siegel and paediatric psychotherapist Dr Tina Payne Bryson, authors of the new book No-Drama Discipline.

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The Green Parent

Parenting From the Inside Out

Dr. Dan Siegel being interviewed by Hannah Hills

January 23, 2015

In Parenting From the Inside Out, authors Dr. Daniel J. Siegel and Mary Hartzell take the reader through a journey of self-discovery - underpinned with neurobiology and attachment research - to help us "raise compassionate and resilient children" through a better understanding of our own lives.

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Garrison Institute

Educating the Heart

June 26, 2014

In May, Garrison Institute International, the Flow Foundation and Erasmus University co-sponsored a fascinating conference in the Netherlands, “Education of the Heart: A Fundamental Change in Education and Didactics.” Held at Erasmus University’s Rotterdam School of Management and organized by our colleague Sander Tideman, an international sustainability and leadership advisor, featuring His Holiness the Dalai Lama in dialog with our colleague Dr. Dan Siegel, a leading psychiatrist, bestselling author and trustee of the Institute.

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KidSpirit Online

Brainstorm: Understand Your Brain and Empower Yourself

by Dr. Dan Siegel

May 21, 2014

If you are like me when I was an adolescent, you may realize that some pretty big things have changed in your life.

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A Happy Office Is A Serious Business: The Science Of Workplace Morale

by Rob Asghar

April 25, 2014

Most managers eagerly pay lip service to concepts like trust, teamwork and innovation. But many haven’t gotten around to accepting what the latest science has to say about which kind of work environment produces these things

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The Huffington Post

Dr. Dan Siegel On The New 3 Rs Of Education

At the Thrive event

April 25, 2014

What if all it took to better your health was inner reflection? The willingness to look inward can significantly affect our physical health, neuropsychiatrist and New York Times bestselling author Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., said at Thrive, The Huffington Post's second Third Metric conference on redefining success beyond the two metrics of money and power.

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The Amazing Tumultuous Wild Wonderful Teenage Brain

by Dr. Dan Siegel

April 23, 2014

Adolescence is as much a perplexing time of life as it is an amazing one. Running roughly between the ages of twelve and twenty-four (yes, into our mid-twenties!), adolescence is known across cultures as a time of great challenge for both adolescents and the adults who support them.


Study: To The Human Brain, Me Is We

by David DiSalvo

August 22, 2013

The findings back up an assertion made by the progenitor and popularizer of “Interpersonal Neurobiology,” Dr. Daniel Siegel, who has convincingly argued that our minds are partly defined by their intersections with other minds.

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The New York Times

The Brain on Love

by Diane Ackerman

March 24, 2012

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The Neurobiology of "We"

by Patty de Llosa

September 01, 2011

The Whole-Brain Child: How to Raise One

by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson

October 17, 2011

Practical strategies for helping children integrate parts of the brain so they work well together as a coordinated whole — a whole brain.

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Psychology Today

Announcing the Healthy Mind Platter

by Dr. David Rock

June 02, 2011

Dr. Dan Siegel and Dr. David Rock got together and decided to create what they are calling the Healthy Mind Platter. This platter has seven essential mental activities necessary for optimum mental health in daily life. These seven daily activities make up the full set of ‘mental nutrients' that your brain needs to function at its best. By engaging every day in each of these servings, you enable your brain to coordinate and balance its activities, which strengthens your brain's internal connections and your connections with other people.

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Daniel Siegel Fills the House

Dalai Lama Center

May 10, 2011

It was a packed house last night as Dr. Daniel Siegel visited Vancouver for Mindsight: Brain Science and Transformation for You and Your Relationships. Moderator Maria LeRose led an informal conversation with Dr. Siegel that touched on his beginnings in the medical field, his work with Mindsight and how we can use it in our everyday lives.

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The New York Times

In a Fast-Forward World, a Pause to Breathe

by Andrew C. Revkin

March 21, 2011

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Psychotherapy Networker

The Attuned Therapist: Does attachment theory really matter?

by Mary Sykes Wylie and Lynn Turner

March 10, 2011

This article discusses the passionate debate between Jerome Kagan and Dan Siegel regarding the importance of early childhood experience.

Psychotherapy Networker

The Case for Attachment Theory: The Verdict Is In

by Alan Sroufe and Daniel Siegel

March 10, 2011

While many schools of psychotherapy have held that our early experiences with our caretakers have a powerful impact on our adult functioning, there have been plenty of hard-nosed academics and researchers who've remained unconvinced.

Zero to Three

Reflective Communication: Cultivating Mindsight Through Nurturing Relationships

by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Rebecca Shahmoon-Shanok, LCSW, PhD

December 02, 2010

Reflective supervision is a relationship for learning (Fenichel, 1992). The partnership nurtures a process of remembering, reviewing, and thinking out loud about a specific child, the people who surround that child, and what happens, or does not, between them.

Shambhala Sun

The Healing Power of Mindfulness

September 23, 2010

Barry Boyce, for the Shambhala Sun : What are some of the benefits of mindfulness—both the practice and the state of mind—for our health and healing?

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The Savvy Source: The Savvy Expert

Between Mothers and Fathers

by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

June 14, 2010

We are now between the two public holidays honoring mothers and fathers. In the last several months, I've been in a number of discussions with various professors of neuroscience and psychology about the role of parents in development. In the entry of this column before today, we've been exploring the science of attachment and of the brain to focus on what research tells us about how parents and other caregivers can have a profound effect on how a young child grows.

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The Huffington Post

Dream a Little Dream: Positive Ways to Guide Your Child's Future

by Cristina Carlino

June 08, 2010

How can we let our kids know of all the glorious wishes we have for them without making them feel beholden to our dreams? How can we guide - not force - our children towards their true journey in life?

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TIME Magazine

Kindness 101

by Maia Szalavitz

May 24, 2010

An antibullying program teaches kids to empathize by bringing a mother and baby into the classroom.

The Savvy Source: The Savvy Expert

A Mother's Day Reflection

by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

May 10, 2010

Early experiences do matter. As a clinical psychiatrist, I also know that these early experiences can have lasting and deeply powerful organizing (or disorganizing) impacts on how we come to live our lives.

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The Huffington Post: PBS's 'This Emotional Life'

This Interconnected Life -- A Mother's Day Gift for Everyone

by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

May 07, 2010

"Where do we come from?" my four-year old daughter asked years ago. This poignant query often emerges as children mature and wonder about themselves in the world. On Mother's Day we are all invited to consider this question of our origins. We do all "come from" mothers, naturally. And why...

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SuperConsciousness: The Voice for Human Potential

Why Meditative Practice Creates Well-Being in Our Bodies and Minds

Interview with Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

July 09, 2010

Daniel Siegel has accomplished a feat that no brain scientist has before or since: A working definition that answers the question "What is mind?" The importance of coming to some kind of clarity about what the mind is, even as a starting place from which to assess and advance research, can not be underestimated.

The Savvy Source: The Savvy Expert

Strengthening Your Awareness: Attention and Intention in Everyday Parenting

by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

April 27, 2010

Research clearly demonstrates that parents who tune in to the internal world of their child have children who are more secure and resilient. As we've been exploring throughout the entries of this column, your role as a parent is filled with opportunities to develop the mindsight skills that will enhance both your personal life and the development of your child.

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Building Mindsight in Our Lives: Seeing and Shaping the Internal World

by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

March 03, 2010

In our first column, we introduced the idea that how parents make sense of their own early life history is one of the best predictors of how their child will become attached to them. At the heart of that process is integration, the linkage of differentiated parts of a system.

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Shambhala Sun

The Science of Mindfulness

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

March 01, 2010

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. looks for the "active ingredient" that makes mindfulness so beneficial to our health, psyche and overall quality of life.

Boston Globe

Dollars and Change

Caroline Leavitt

February 21, 2010

Dealing with money can carry all sorts of baggage, but those stresses don’t have to rule and ruin your life. “Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation’’ by Daniel J. Siegel, UCLA clinical professor of psychiatry, explores how our emotional responses are not as hard-wired as we think they are.

The Savvy Source: The Savvy Expert

The Importance of Mindsight:
How We Begin to Deepen Our Own Self-Understanding and Cultivate Mindsight in Our Lives

by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

February 02, 2010

In this second entry, we'll explore how you as a parent can take the initial steps to develop and strengthen mindsight in your own life. Research suggests that the best predictor of a child's security of attachment is the parent's own self-understanding.

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Elle Magazine

You Are What You Think

Joseph Hooper

January 01, 2010

The latest brain science suggests that the ancient wisdom is literally true: Honing your higher mental faculties can actually change your brain and help you tame your moods.

KCET Blog - The Guest Room

Parenting From the Inside Out

by Matthew Williams

July 13, 2009

I approached my daughter's day care teacher for suggestions and she pointed me towards a seminar called Parenting from the Inside Out. Led by Dr. Daniel J. Siegel, a clinical professor from UCLA, the seminar was billed as way to explore the internal world of parenting through an examination of emotional childhood memories, storytelling, and brain function. Siegel claims that undergoing a "self-understanding process" leads to the development of what he calls a "secure attachment" with your child, helping them to thrive and you to retain your sanity.

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Los Angeles Times

Tastemakers: Daniel Siegel, M.D.

by Nancie Clare

July 12, 2009

When Siegel was a med student, he was actively discouraged from finding out what patients were thinking. Now in his current practice as a clinical psychiatrist, executive director of Mindsight and codirector of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA, it’s the mind he is most interested in—specifically how it can be channeled to help the whole body.

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Brain Boosters

by David H. Freedman

June 27, 2009

Medicine may allow us to challenge our genetic inheritance and repair insults to the brain, whether as Alzheimer's sufferers or moody, forgetful people and hazy thinkers. Some researchers are hoping to develop more natural methods that could have the same IQ-boosting effect in healthy people as drugs and other treatments. The adult brain has turned out to have a surprising ability to extensively reconfigure its connections through mental exercises. Most of us have parts of our brains that are relatively neglected, says Daniel Siegel, an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA Medical School, and we can restore them by techniques such as focusing on nonverbal cues when we're conversing with other people, being more aware of what we're thinking, and easing up on the multitasking. "When you do several things at once you tend to do them on autopilot, and fail to engage the parts of the brain that form strong neural connections," explains Siegel.

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Attachment: The Key to Thriving Kids?

by Danielle Wood

February 24, 2009

"What if you possessed a secret formula that made your child smarter, more independent, more secure—a kid capable of forming deep and loving relationships, showing compassion for others, and having a true connection to her parents? Well there is no secret formula, but there is a secret...Daniel Siegel, M.D., clinical professor of psychiatry at the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development at UCLA, and author of the seminal book "The Developing Mind" and "Parenting from the Inside Out," specializes in the study of attachment. He describes it as something of a magic bullet when it comes to child development."

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O, The Oprah Magazine

Mind Over Matters Through Meditation

by Catherine Guthrie

December 01, 2008

"Relaxation is good, but it doesn't provide the physiological changes you see in mindfulness practice," says Daniel J. Siegel, MD, associate clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and author of The Mindful Brain. Even better, says Siegel, there's no need to log hours on the meditation cushion."The brain responds to repetition with more gusto than it does to duration," he says. . . "Just as people practice daily dental hygiene by brushing their teeth, mindfulness meditation is a form of brain hygiene—it cleans out and strengthens the synaptic connections in the brain."

TIME Magazine

Postcard: New York City

by Belinda Luscombe

November 24, 2008

"They've played Vegas, Tokyo, and Chicago. Now the Blue Man Group faces a tougher crowd. The guys with blue heads have opened a school. . .It may sound like a theme park, but the founders worked closely with education experts, including British creativity guru Sir Ken Robinson and UCLA's Daniel Siegel, to create the curriculum."

The New York Times

The Neural Buddhists

by David Brooks

May 13, 2008

"Researchers now spend a lot of time trying to understand universal moral intuitions. Genes are not merely selfish, it appears. Instead, people seem to have deep instincts for fairness, empathy and attachment. . . If you survey the literature (and I’d recommend books by [Andrew] Newberg, Daniel J. Siegel, Michael S. Gazzaniga, Jonathan Haidt, Antonio Damasio and Marc D. Hauser if you want to get up to speed), you can see that certain beliefs will spread into the wider discussion."

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Dr. Phil

The Adolescent Brain

featuring Dan Siegel

April 30, 2007

Dr. Phil talks with Dr. Dan Siegel, associate clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, member of the Dr. Phil Advisory Board and author of the book, The Mindful Brain. “In The Mindful Brain," says Dr. Phil, "you [Dr. Siegel] talk about the fact that when the yelling starts, there’s a part of the brain that goes offline, just shuts down."

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The New York Times

Of Love and Money

by David Brooks

May 25, 2006

"If there's one thing that leaps out of all the brain literature, it is that, as Daniel J. Siegel puts it, 'emotion serves as a central organizing process within the brain.' Kids learn from people they love. If we want young people to develop the social and self-regulating skills they need to thrive, we need to establish stable long-term relationships between love-hungry children and love-providing adults."

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Psychotherapy Networker

Mindsight. Dan Siegel Offers Therapists a New Vision of the Brain

by Mary Sykes Wylie

September 01, 2004

"In 1999, a few months after child psychiatrist Daniel Siegel's book The Developing Mind: Toward a Neurobiology of Interpersonal Experience was published, Siegel received an e-mail, purporting to be from a representative of Pope John Paul II, asking him to come to the Vatican to talk to the Pope. Thinking the e-mail was a prank, Siegel ignored it--why would the Pope invite an expert on the neurobiology of childhood attachment over to the Vatican to schmooze?" (September/October 2004 Issue)

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Los Angeles Times

An Audience with the Pope

by Deanna Welch

January 06, 2000

"When Galileo discovered that the earth was not the center of the universe, the Catholic Church condemned him as a heretic. For Santa Monica scientist Daniel Siegel, his recent visit with Pope John Paul II went a little differently. After Siegel, a Harvard and UCLA-trained child psychiatrist, wrote a book on the development of the brain, papal officials called him to the Vatican to laud him for his achievements."