IntraConnected: MWe (Me + We) as the Integration of Self, Identity, and Belonging (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology) (Paperback)
Exploring the nature of how our experience of what we call “self” emerges across the lifespan.
Both a personal and general meditation on identity and belonging, Daniel J. Siegel’s book combines personal reflections with scientific discussions of how the mind, brain, and our relationships shape who we are. Weaving the internal and external, the subjective and objective, IntraConnected reveals how our culture may give us a message of separation as a solo, isolated self, but a wider perspective unveils that who we are may be something more—broader than the brain, bigger even than the body—and fundamental to social systems and the natural world.
Our body-based self—the origin of a Me—is not only connected to others but connected within our relational worlds themselves—a WE—forming the essence of how we belong and our identity. If the pandemic has taught us nothing else, it has taught us that we are all connected. IntraConnected discusses that bond, as well as other realities of our intraconnected lives.
About the Author
Noted neuropsychiatrist Daniel J. Siegel, MD, is clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California–Los Angeles School of Medicine, and executive director of the Mindsight Institute in LA. He is founding editor of the Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology.
In this personally engaging and philosophically illuminating work, Dr. Dan Siegel takes his unique explorations of the human experience of self and mind to a yet deeper level, revealing what he aptly calls the pandemic of solo-self to be based on a delusion, one at odds with both contemporary science and traditional wisdom. Eloquently and expertly, he guides us back towards our true nature: intra- and inter-being with all others and all that is.
— Gabor Maté, MD, author of The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness and Healing in a Toxic Culture
Dr. Siegel’s work is a love letter to humanity—both a road map and an appeal for us to understand the strength, basis, and innate connection that we all have and must become aware of in order to move beyond survival mode and into thriving mode. The reader of this elegant work will walk away with a deeper sense of intraconnection to all that exists and has ever existed in the universe. IntraConnected is a revelation, an awakening
— Shelly Tygielski, author of Sit Down to Rise Up, and founder of Pandemic of Love
IntraConnected completely redefines the word ‘self’ as we know it. We often hear ‘we are all connected,’ while the world shows us nothing but separation. Marrying modern science with indigenous wisdom, Siegel illuminates a doorway the world has desperately been trying to find. Walk through the door. Reading this book will change you forever. Dan Siegel has written another masterpiece. A balm for the difficulties we now face, IntraConnected cultivates hope for real positive change in your life, and the world.
— Justin Michael Williams, author of Stay Woke: A Meditation Guide for the Rest of Us
In an amazing dance of intellectual brilliance, heartfelt caring, and wise embrace, Dan Siegel invites us into the depth of his and our human story of development in order to examine, reflect, and melt the nature of the separate self. A new possibility of humanity arises when we authentically allow the possibility of intraconnectedness into our lives.
— Thomas Hübl, PhD, founder, Academy of Inner Science, and author of Healing Collective Trauma: A Process for Integrating Our Intergenerational and Cultural Wounds
What a joy it is to be alive in a time when neuroscience, rooted from within the body, offers us liberation, illuminating our inescapable belonging to each other and the living Earth. Dan Siegel's groundbreaking work here is of revolutionary, and indeed evolutionary, importance.
— Joanna Macy, author of World as Lover, World as Self
In his latest book, Dan Siegel explores a pathway toward a more sustainable way of being humans facing the multiple pandemics of our times together. Synthesizing insights from a range of disciplines and ways of knowing, he argues for expanding, evolving the notion of the self, from an isolated and separate ‘me’ to a relational, awe-embracing integrated sense—called, in his intriguing coinage, ‘M We.’ I know of no more encouraging prescription for what ails us at this time.
— Rhonda V. Magee, M A, JD, author of The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness
In a world riven by polarization and division, Dan Siegel offers a compelling and timely gift to our hearts and minds, an awakening to non-duality that is innate to us all. Siegel’s deep practice and studies take the reader to a place where they can see anew, where the overstimulated mind can recognize the biological and ancient truths of our inseparability from each other and all of life.
— Paul Hawken, author of Regeneration: Ending the Climate Crisis in One Generation