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

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New Harbinger Publications, 2010 - Medical - 513 pages
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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.

  

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Review: The Compassionate Mind

User Review  - Warren Milburn - Goodreads

After you've reached half way, it starts to labour the point a bit. Good overall self help book with more than a nod to Buddhism. Read full review

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User Review  - Elizabeth Pyjov - Goodreads

My favorite book on compassion. Written with wit, intelligence and humor. I believe Paul Gilbert is one of the most incredible human beings of our time. Read full review

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Contents

The start of our journey
3
The Challenges of Life
21
Placing Ourselves in the Flow of Life
79
The good the bad and
123
The two types
149
Compassion in the Context of Old and New Brains
181
Part II
219
Compassionate Mind Training through Imagery
242
Compassionate Thinking
269
From Selfcriticism to Selfcompassion
309
Working with anxiety anger
360
The cultivation of courage
389
Expressing the Compassionate Mind
416
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Paul Gilbert, PhD, is world-renowned for his work on depression, shame, and self-criticism. He is head of the mental health research unit at the University of Derby and author of The Compassionate Mind and Overcoming Depression . Choden was a monk for seven years within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, Choden (aka Sean McGovern) completed a three-year, three-month retreat in 1997 and has been a practicing Buddhist since 1985. He is originally from South Africa, where he trained as a lawyer and where he learned meditation under the guidance of Rob Nairn, an internationally renowned Buddhist teacher. He is now involved in developing secular mindfulness and compassion programs drawing upon the wisdom and methods of the Buddhist tradition, as well as contemporary insights from psychology and neuroscience. He is an honorary fellow of the University of Aberdeen and teaches on their postgraduate study program in mindfulness (MSc) that is the first of its kind to include compassion in its curriculum.

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