Clinical Social Work Journal

, Volume 37, Issue 3, pp 262–263 | Cite as

D. J. Siegel, M. Hartzell: Parenting from the Inside Out: How a Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive

Penguin, New York, 2003, 258 pp, $14.95
  • Brad Lundahl
Book Review

Siegel and Hartzell (2003) masterfully explain the intricacies of children’s emotional and social development and the motivational forces driving parental behavior. Readers of this book will obtain deeper appreciation and understanding of how parent and child interactions influence children’s attachment processes, view of their social world, and ability to regulate emotions. Moreover, in Parenting from the Inside Out, Siegel and Hartzell accomplish something most books on parenting do not: they coherently describe the bidirectional relationship between parenting behaviors and child behaviors.

The book is organized into nine chapters. The first three chapters provide fundamental knowledge about how experience forms memory, how we perceive our world and create the stories of our lives, followed by a discussion of emotions. Each of these chapters focus on biological, psychological, and interpersonal aspects. The middle three chapters review communication and its role in connecting,...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Social WorkUniversity of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA

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