I have never been a “science person”. Science has always intimidated me; knowing that I won’t fully understand, terms like “neurons” usually make my eyes glaze over.
But, Dan Siegel’s presentation “The Neurobiology of We” was absolutely fascinating. Even though he threw a few of those scary science words at us, he added jokes and vivid examples to make his ideas significant and clear.
It seems that Siegel has discovered science that verifies the goals of psychotherapy. He spoke at length about the need to define the terms “mind” and “mental health”.
He spoke about the neurobiology of “we”, meaning human connection. Throughout his speech, something that really appealed to me was his focus on an exchange of both energy and information.
“Our belief that we are separate entities is a delusion,” he said, pleading that we must “dissolve this or there will be no future for our grandkids…we need to wake up.” He explained that interpersonal connection needs to be maintained between human beings to save ourselves—and the planet.
For me, someone who’s grown up in this “information age”, I kept thinking that maybe that’s something we’ve all been missing: the exchange of energy alongside information. And trust me, even though it was 9 am, you could certainly feel the energy in the room today!
Did you attend Dan Siegel’s morning presentation? What are your thoughts?