Brainstorm

Brainstorm : the power and purpose of the teenage brain

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In this groundbreaking book, the bestselling author of Parenting from the Inside Out and The Whole-Brain Child shows parents how to turn one of the most challenging developmental periods in their children's lives into one of the most rewarding.


Between the ages of 12 and 24, the brain changes in important and often maddening ways. It's no wonder that many parents approach their child's adolescence with fear and trepidation. According to renowned neuropsychiatrist Daniel Siegel, however, if parents and teens can work together to form a deeper understanding of the brain science behind all the tumult, they will be able to turn conflict into connection and form a deeper understanding of one another.


In Brainstorm, Siegel illuminates how brain development affects teenagers' behaviour and relationships. Drawing on important new research in the field of interpersonal neurobiology, he explores exciting ways in which understanding how the teenage brain functions can help parents make what is in fact an incredibly positive period of growth, change, and experimentation in their children's lives less lonely and distressing on both sides of the generational divide.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 28mm | 438g
  • Carlton North, Australia
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 1922247456
  • 9781922247452
  • 4,424

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'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 'Siegel emerges as a big-hearted 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 'I strongly recommend Brainstorm to teens and those who care for them.' -- Mary Pipher, author of Reviving Ophelia and Seeking Peace '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 'Brainstorm is a must read book for every parent if they want to avoid emotional turbulence in their own lives as their children go through adolescence. It's lifesaving for the whole family.' -- Deepak Chopra, MD 'By the end of this book, the teenager has been transformed from a monstrous force into a thinking, feeling, and entirely approachable human being.' -- Publishers Weekly '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 ... This respectfulness is why the book works so well as a manual for adolescents, as well as for their parents and mentors.' -- Lawrence J. Cohen, author of The Opposite of Worry and Playful Parenting '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.' -- Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence 'Brainstorm is a must read book for every parent if they want to avoid emotional turbulence in their own lives as their children go through adolescence. It's lifesaving for the whole family.' -- Deepak Chopra, MD 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, author of *Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls* and *The Green Boat: Reviving Ourselves in Our Capsized Culture* 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 favourite thing about this book is that Siegel sees adolescence not 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 their parents and mentors. -- Lawrence J. Cohen, author of *The Opposite of Worry* and *Playful Parenting* 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 of *Emotional Intelligence*
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About Daniel J. Siegel

Daniel J. Siegel, MD, received his medical degree from Harvard University and completed his postgraduate medical education at UCLA, where he is currently a clinical professor. He is the executive director of the Mindsight Institute, and the author of numerous books, including the bestsellers Mindsight and Brainstorm, as well as No-Drama Discipline and The Whole-Brain Child (co-authored with Tina Payne Bryson). He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and occasionally with his launched adolescents.
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3 24% (510)
2 8% (172)
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