Mindsight Institute

Mindsight, a term coined by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. (The Developing Mind, 1999), is the capacity for insight and empathy. It is the ability of the human mind to see itself: to know one’s own mind and to be able to perceive the minds of others. Mindsight can be developed within our interpersonal relationships and our internal reflective practices … (about 1/2).

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About 2/2: … For a diverse audience from professionals to parents, policy-makers to the general public, Dan Siegel and the Mindsight Institute offer a scientifically-based way of understanding human development that can promote mindsight and compassion in our personal lives, our relationships, and our communities. 

By drawing on a variety of often independent ways of knowing, the Mindsight Institute utilizes a field called “Interpersonal Neurobiology” (IPNB) which finds the similar patterns that emerge from separate approaches to knowledge. A professional library of texts, edited by Dr. Siegel and published by W.W. Norton, explores this exciting new area. The Mindsight Institute serves as the organization from which IPNB first developed and is the principal educational source for learning in this area. Linking science, clinical practice, education, the arts, and contemplation, the Mindsight Institute functions as an educational hub from which these various domains of knowing and practice can draw and enrich their individual efforts.

At the heart of the Mindsight Institute’s approach, and of IPNB’s findings, is the concept of integration. Integration is defined as the linkage of differentiated components of a system. In an individual mind, integration involves the linkage of separate aspects of mental processes to each other, such as thought with feeling, bodily sensation with logic. In a relationship, integration entails each person being respected for his or her autonomy and differentiated self while at the same time being linked to others in empathic communication. For the brain, integration means that separated areas with their unique functions, in the skull and throughout the body, become linked to each other through synaptic connections. These integrated linkages enable more intricate functions to emerge—such as insight, empathy, intuition, and morality. The terms we use for these three forms of integration are a coherent mind, empathic relationships, and an integrated brain.

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