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SOA13 102 with Dan Siegel and Rick Hanson

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5 Responses to SOA13 102 with Dan Siegel and Rick Hanson

  1. Avivagitlin says:

    Hi Dan and Rick
    Thank you for today. As Rick said, knowing the neuroscience helps us feel more secure about our work. Dan, I was struck by how your description of hypocampal states so closely resemble what I think of as self states. And I was equally pleased by your description of within and between. Or self-object representation in my jargon.

    This may be a very basic question, but I was wondering about the role of the hypocampus in dreams? With increasing frequency, I have begun to think of a dream as a self-object experience.

    Thanks. Aviva

  2. srgreenough says:

    What a beautiful way to begin this conference. Dan, I love how you conclude by emphasizing how all the sciences coming together, forming connections and finding integration within and between these disciplines, have the potential to generate lots of strategies to ultimately help alleviate suffering!

  3. Teri Johnson says:

    I am continuously intrigued about the significance of relationship and avoiding isolation to develop an enhance sense of self .I enjoyed exploring the way in which this framework impacts good practice . I’m excited about reading your new book on adolescents.
    Brain science continues to help me to legitimize and recognize the natural ways in which youth heal and problem solve day to day challenges in life i.e. Name it to tame it , cooling down the right side before having left brain focus expectations , etc.

  4. estherwong says:

    Dan, I appreciated the example you gave of how an understanding of implicit memory helped you to better understand the experiences of flashbacks in an individual diagnosed with PTSD. It is certainly interesting how the study of the physical brain can reveal new insights into such illusive and abstract concepts as the unconscious. At the same time, I routinely worry about how neuroscience is being packaged and sold to both the layperson and the mental health professional. Could you speak to the factors which have contributed to the popularization and promotion of certain reductionistic varieties of neuroscience and how these factors might be combatted?

  5. dawnbhat says:

    It was great to hear Dan and Rick’s current thinking on hot topics such as mindfulness and neuroscience. I especially liked Siegel’s assertion that it’s not only brain science but that psychotherapists would benefit from integrating knowledge of the various sciences. I am now curious about how fresh new strategies may be developed by incorporating these innovative ideas in training and practicing therapy.

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