We are always in a perpetual state of being created and creating ourselves. (p. 221)

โ€” Daniel J. Siegel

The most powerful Daniel J. Siegel quotes that are glad to read

Too often we forget that discipline really means to teach, not to punish.

A disciple is a student, not a recipient of behavioural consequences.


Wonderful!Hold Me Tight blends the best in research findings with practical suggestions from a caring and compassionate clinician. This fabulous book will be of great benefitto couples trying to find their way to better communication and deeper, more fulfilling ways of being with each other. Bravo!


Interpersonal experience shapes the mind as it continues to develop throughout the lifespan... Interactions with the environment, especially relationships with other people, directly shape the development of the brain's structure and function.


Adolescents who are absorbing negative messages about who they are and what is expected of them may sink to that level instead of realizing their true potential. As Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote, โ€œTreat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them become what they are capable of being."


Each of us needs periods in which our minds can focus inwardly.

Solitude is an essential experience for the mind to organize its own processes and create an internal state of resonance. In such a state, the self is able to alter its constraints by directly reducing the input from interactions with others. (p. 235)


From early infancy, it appears that our ability to regulate emotional states depends upon the experience of feeling that a significant person in our life is simultaneously experiencing a similar state of mind.


When we begin to know ourselves in an open and self-supportive way, we take the first step to encourage our children to know themselves


Mindfulness has never met a cognition it didn't like.


The amygdala, along with related areas.

.., plays a crucial role in coordinating perceptions with memory and behavior. These regions are especially sensitive to social interactions.


...not all encounters with the world affect the mind equally. Studies have demonstrated that if the brain appraises an event as "meaningful," it will be more likely to be recalled in the future.


Early experience shapes the structure and function of the brain.

This reveals the fundamental way in which gene expression is determined by experience.


The number of possible "on-off" patterns of neuronal firing is immense, estimated as a staggering ten times ten one million times (ten to the millionth power). The brain is obviously capable of an imponderably huge variety of activity; the fact that it is often organized and functional is quite an accomplishment!


About Daniel J. Siegel

Quotes 18 sayings
Profession Author
Birthday September 2, 1957

Grief allows you to let go of something you have lost only when you begin to accept what you now have in its place. As our mind clings to the familiar, to our established expectations, we can become trapped in feelings of disappointment, confusion, anger, that create our own internal worlds of suffering.


For "full" emotional communication, one person needs to allow his state of mind to be influenced by that of the other.


While the days of parenting may seem so long, the years are so short.


We must keep in mind that only a part of memory can be translated into the language-based packets of information people use to tell their life stories to others. Learning to be open to many layers of communication is a fundamental part of getting to know another person's life.


At the most basic level, therefore, secure attachments in both childhood and adulthood are established by two individual's sharing a nonverbal focus on the energy flow (emotional states) and a verbal focus on the information-processing aspects (representational processes of memory and narrative) of mental life. The matter of the mind matters for secure attachments.