The interdisciplinary field of Interpersonal Neurobiology combines all disciplines of science and other fields into one framework and offers a definition of the mind and of mental health that are of practical benefit to those seeking to enhance resilience and well-being. This perspective proposes that one aspect of the mind is an "emergent, self-organizing, embodied and relational process that regulates the flow of energy and information." From this view, a healthy mind and health itself emerge from a process called integration–the linkage of differentiated parts. Recent findings from the Human Connectome Project support this proposal that integration is the basis of positive traits in our lives. When we learn how to identify and cultivate domains of integration in our lives–from integration in the brain to integration in our relationships—we create new avenues of developing deep forms of health, vitality, creativity and resilience. Integration made visible is kindness and compassion. Couples therapists and mental health practitioners of all persuasions can benefit from having these working definitions of the mind and of mental health.
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Daniel Siegel, MD, received his medical degree from Harvard University and completed his postgraduate medical education at UCLA with training in pediatrics and child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. He is currently clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine where he is on the faculty of the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center. Dr. Siegel has lectured for the King of Thailand, Pope John Paul II, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Google University, London's Royal Society of Arts (RSA), and TEDx.
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