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This article is an adaptation of a chapter in a text edited by Marci Green and published by Karnac and is based on the ideas explored in The Developing Mind: How relationships and the brain interact to shape who we are (Guilford, 1999) and Parenting from the Inside Out: How a deeper self-understanding can help you raise children who thrive (with Mary Hartzell [2003]). It has been summarized in part in the article, The Mind, the Brain, and Human Relationships (Gynaelcology Forum International, 2003) and published online under the current title by Enneagram Monthly.

KEY WORDS: attachment, neurobiology, parenting, relationships, brain development.


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Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., received his medical degree from Harvard University and completed his postgraduate medical education at UCLA. The author of the internationally acclaimed book The Developing Mind, a pioneering work on neurobiology and attachment, he is currently in private practice and is associate clinical professor of psychiatry on the faculty of the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development at UCLA.

This article is reprinted with permission from both the author and Enneagram Monthly (http://www.ideodynamic.com/enneagram-monthly/) No. 97-Vol. 9, October, 2003.