Personal Wisdom: Meaning in a Pragmatic World by Dan SiegelPersonal Wisdom: Meaning in a Pragmatic World by Dan Siegel

Personal Wisdom: Meaning in a Pragmatic World

byDan Siegel

Paperback | June 24, 2019

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Psychiatric social worker Dan Siegel spent over four decades  seeing adult clients in psychotherapy. Along the way,  he developed a model of human nature that would clarify his own thinking as he got to know his clients. 

Personal Wisdom: Meaning in a Pragmatic World is the result of this model, presented as a humanistic essay.

Most of us seek to find sufficient correspondence between our inner nature and the outside world to achieve meaning and direction. However, since we have contradictory forces within us, and since we cannot sufficiently understand the complex social world without some shortcuts, we often develop biases. We have selective memory and selective perception.

The author suggests that we cannot understand American social character without understanding pragmatic self-interest. Because we have difficulty reconciling self-interest with the collective good, the United States  struggles internally. Other nations find it easier to resolve similar problems—universal health care, for example; also, we are perhaps the only nation in the world that still considers global warming a matter of debate. The inability to reconcile self-interest with the collective good creates a struggle for us that much of the world may view with alarm. 

This book seeks to examine this conflict that we, as Americans, experience. The book offers suggestions for understanding ourselves, others, and the nation as a whole.

The author worked for more than four decades as a psychiatric social worker in a variety of outpatient settings. During those years, he developed a model of human nature that sought to help him understand clients more quickly. Later, he applied to same model to extend this view of human nature to parenting, marital conflict, econo...
Title:Personal Wisdom: Meaning in a Pragmatic WorldFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:486 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:June 24, 2019Publisher:Daniel Morris SiegelLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1641112565

ISBN - 13:9781641112567


Table of Contents

1. Contradictory human nature.  

2. Finding one's own contradictions.  

3. Benefits and losses.  

4. Childhood and humanism.  

5. The individual in marital conflict.  

6. Financial self-interest and the common good. 

7. Endless political struggle.  

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