The Compassionate Mind: A New Approach to Life's Challenges

The Compassionate Mind: A New Approach to Life's Challenges

by Paul Gilbert

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The Compassionate Mind: A New Approach to Life's Challenges by Paul Gilbert

In societies that encourage us to compete with each other, compassion is often seen as a weakness. Striving to get ahead, self-criticism, fear, and hostility toward others seem to come more naturally to us. Yet researchers have found that developing kindness and compassion for ourselves and others builds our confidence, helps us create meaningful, caring relationships, lowers anxiety and hostility, and promotes physical and mental health.

The Compassionate Mind reveals the evolutionary and social reasons why our brains react so readily to threats. Because of this tendency, it's easy to slip into anger, fear, and depression, and compassion can be difficult for us. This is not our fault. However, research has shown that our brains are also hardwired to respond to kindness and compassion. Building on this latest research, this book offers many practical exercises to help deepen compassion towards ourselves and others. Far from fostering emotional weakness, compassion subdues our anger and increases our courage and resilience to depression and anxiety. Wisely used, compassion arms us with the strength to pursue genuine happiness, peace of mind, and peace in the world.

This book blends compassion focused therapy (CFT), attachment theory, neuroscience, and powerful mindfulness practices to help you develop a compassionate mind, and a better you.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608828500
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 03/01/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 717,385
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Paul Gilbert, Ph.D., is a professor at the University of Derby in the United Kingdom and director of the mental health research unit at Derbyshire Mental Health Trust. He has written over a hundred academic papers and is a fellow of the British Psychological Society.

Paul Gilbert, PhD, is world-renowned for his work on depression, shame, and self-criticism, and is the developer of CFT. He is head of the mental health research unit at the University of Derby, and has authored or coauthored numerous scholarly articles and books, including The Compassionate Mind, Mindful Compassion, and Overcoming Depression.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Introduction xiii

Part I The Science behind Compassion

1 Compassion: The start of our journey 3

2 The Challenges of Life 21

3 Placing Ourselves in the Flow of Life 79

4 Threat and Self-protection: The good, the bad and the really difficult 123

5 The Pleasures and Contentments of Life: The two types of good feelings and your compassionate mind 149

6 Compassion in the Context of Old and New Brains and Minds 181

Part II Building the Compassionate Self Skills and exercises

7 Mindful Preparations on the Road to Compassion 221

8 Compassionate Mind Training through Imagery 242

9 Compassionate Thinking 269

10 From Self-criticism to Self-compassion 309

11 Compassion and Emotions: Working with anxiety, anger and forgiveness 360

12 Compassionate Behaviour: The cultivation of courage 389

13 Expressing the Compassionate Mind 416

Notes 447

Find out more 490

Index 494

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" . . . an illuminating and healing gateway to what is deepest and best in ourselves."--(Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., author of Full Catastrophe Living and Coming to Our Senses)

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