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The YES BRAIN: An inspiring interview with Dr Dan. Siegel about developing resilience, courage and creativity

We are living in a complex world and now more than ever the key to thriving is through increasing our resilience.

We can’t avoid challenges in life, but we can learn how to bounce back more quickly…

In their new book, The Yes Brain, psychiatrist and mindfulness expert Daniel Siegel, and adolescent psychotherapist Tina Payne Bryson, explore the science and practice of unlocking the brain for greater resilience, compassion and creativity.  =

Listen to the conversation I had with Dr Dan Siegel, about his new book.

This is 25 minute sneak peak into a longer conversation I had with Dan, which will feature in this year’s Mindful in May campaign. In this interview you’ll learn:

  • What a YES brain is and how it can support you to be more resilient, courageous and creative
  • How to support young children in developing YES BRAINS
  • How you can use the YES BRAIN technique with adults (particularly when you’ve been emotionally triggered)
  • What mindfulness is and how it is different from detachment and dissociation

You can purchase The Yes Brain here now which has just been released! If you buy it today you’ll also be helping make this book a bestseller – which it really deserves to be.


They describe the range of our emotional balance and reactivity as living in the blue, green and red zone of emotions.

The green zone, is a state we ideally want to be in most of the time. It’s a state of emotional balance where even when challenges arise, we can use our more evolved brain, the pre-frontal cortex, to come up with effective responses rather than automatic reactions.

The red zone is a state, where we’re emotionally triggered and our sympathetic nervous system has stimulated the fight or flight response. In this state, we may notice an increased heart rate, the heat of emotion, and more rapid breathing – all signs of being in a hyperaroused state. In this red zone, we’re driven by the more primitive brain that leads us to automatically react, often in ways that make the situation worse. We are less resourced.

The blue zone is another state triggered by stress, but it’s a hypo-aroused response, triggered by our parasympathetic nervous system which leads to more of a withdrawal and avoidance of situations, almost a freeze type response or helpless victim state.

The key to our resilience lies in expanding “the window of our green zone“, so that we can meet life’s challenges with less reactivity and more responsiveness. That doesn’t mean we’ll stop feeling difficult emotions like fear or anger, but rather that we’ll be able to make room for them, without being mindlessly driven by them.

Dan writes reactivity blocks resilience and receptivity promotes it.”

When we are able to pause and bring mindfulness to our emotions, we widen the green zone and have a better ability to respond wisely and maintain greater emotional balance.





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