How Experience and Reflection Shape Our Neural Connections at Any Age: A Conversation with Dr. Dan Siegel, Author of Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human
Neuroscience research has led to a new understanding of how early childhood experience, especially parent-child attachment, affects neural connections in our brain, in turn shaping the way we think, feel and behave in later relationships and situations. But, as UCLA psychiatrist Dan Siegel discusses with Marti & Erin, our “mind” is more than our “brain,” and remembering and reflecting on our own childhood experiences can help us build new neural pathways and new ways of behaving at any age. Get ready to take notes as you listen to this deep and important discussion of how reflective parenting can help us achieve greater well-being for ourselves and our children.
In this Mom Enough discussion of the mind, Dr. Dan Siegel and Marti talk about the importance of reflecting on “implicit” memories so that they can become “explicit” and can be integrated into your understanding of how you respond to parenting challenges. When have you experienced an intense emotional reaction to your child’s behavior in a way that probably was fueled by some memory from your own childhood? What could you do differently the next time those emotions start to bubble up in a situation with your child?
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