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The Brain and Emotional Intelligence: New Insights by Daniel Goleman

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The Social Brain

“Mindsight” is the term Dr. Daniel Siegel, director of the MindSight Institute at UCLA, uses for the mind’s ability to see itself. His remarkable work makes a strong case that the brain circuitry we use for self-mastery and to know ourselves is largely identical with that for knowing another person22. In other words, our awareness of another person’s inner reality and of our own, are in a sense both acts of empathy. Siegel, a good friend and scientific trailblazer, is a founder of a new field, interpersonal neurobiology, which has emerged only in recent years as science discovered the social brain.

The social brain includes a multitude of circuitry, all designed to attune to and interact with another person’s brain. The social ...

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