The Healthy Mind Platter

Psychotherapy Networker

Dr. Dan Siegel

More than ever, if we’re to experience the gift of real presence, even as we feel the gnawing uncertainty about what lies ahead, we need to make use of our capacity for mindfulness. Creating mindful moments of presence every day is the key to accepting and coping with the challenges of life during the pandemic. Of course, being accepting doesn’t mean losing hope; it just means seeing things as they are and then being able to take action in a wise, discerning manner.

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Disorganized attachment and defense: exploring John Bowlby’s unpublished reflections

Taylor & Francis

Samantha Reisz, Robbie Duschinsky, Daniel Siegel

Main and Solomon were the first to create a formal infant Strange Situation classification of attachment disorganization. Bowlby’s reflections on the underlying psychological processes of such behaviors, however, began early in his career, including the term “disorganization.” Most of these remained unpublished but are available through the John Bowlby Archive. Bowlby saw affective experiences as the source of the attachment behavioral system’s organization and regulation, and he introduced the term “effector equipment” to describe the emergent organization of attention, expectation, affect, and behavior to orchestrate responses to the environment. In his thinking, disorganization results from threat conflict, safe haven ambiguity, and/or activation without assuagement, which interfere with coordination and integration across a behavioral system. Bowlby’s unpublished writings also amplify his published work on segregated systems and defensive exclusion. Bowlby’s insights are relevant today and can provide greater background and clarity to current work, as researchers and clinicians consider the origins, manifestations, and meaning of disorganization.

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Disorganized attachment in infancy: a review of the phenomenon and its implications for clinicians and policy-makers

Taylor & Francis

Pehr Granqvist, L. Alan Sroufe, Mary Dozier, Erik Hesse, Miriam Steele, Marinus van Ijzendoorn, Judith Solomon, Carlo Schuengel ORCID Icon, Pasco Fearon, Marian Bakermans-Kranenburg, Howard Steele, Jude Cassidy, Elizabeth Carlson, Sheri Madigan, Deborah J

Disorganized/Disoriented (D) attachment has seen widespread interest from policy makers, practitioners, and clinicians in recent years. However, some of this interest seems to have been based on some false assumptions that (1) attachment measures can be used as definitive assessments of the individual in forensic/child protection settings and that disorganized attachment (2) reliably indicates child maltreatment, (3) is a strong predictor of pathology, and (4) represents a fixed or static “trait” of the child, impervious to development or help. This paper summarizes the evidence showing that these four assumptions are false and misleading. The paper reviews what is known about disorganized infant attachment and clarifies the implications of the classification for clinical and welfare practice with children. In particular, the difference between disorganized attachment and attachment disorder is examined, and a strong case is made for the value of attachment theory for supportive work with families and for the development and evaluation of evidence-based caregiving interventions.

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Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation

The Body Intelligence Summit

Interview with Dr. Siegel

This interview is part of the Body Intelligence Summit, a free online event where you can learn from some of the most potent scientists, therapists, dancers and bodyworkers about how to become more deeply and beautifully embodied. For more information, please visit the Body Intelligence Summit website


The Family Way

The Extra

interview with Lisa Salmon

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 pediatric psychotherapist Dr. Tina Payne Bryson, authors of the new book No-Drama Discipline.

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Parenting From the Inside Out

The Green Parent

Dr. Dan Siegel being interviewed by Hannah Hills

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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Understanding the Teenage Brain

Australia Counselling

Interview with Dr. Siegel

Australia Counselling Founder Clinton Power interviewed internationally acclaimed author, award-winning educator and child psychiatrist Dr. Dan Siegel about his new book called Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain.

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The Power of the Teenage Brain

Mom Enough

Interview with Dr. Siegel

As parents, many of us are uneasy about how we will see our children through adolescence – how we’ll handle the times when they push away from us or engage in risky behaviors. But UCLA professor Dr. Dan Siegel sees a great opportunity in the teen years for parents and other caring adults to capitalize on the teenage brain changes and provide the guidance and encouragement that will move teens toward a vibrant, healthy adulthood. In his conversation with Marti & Erin, Dr. Siegel debunks common myths of adolescence, illuminates exciting changes in the teenage brain and offers practical tips for parents and teens.

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