The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions

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Guilford Press, Apr 28, 2009 - Psychology - 306 pages
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“Buck up.” “Stop feeling sorry for yourself.” “Don’t ruin everything.” When you are anxious, sad, angry, or lonely, do you hear this self-critical voice? What would happen if, instead of fighting difficult emotions, we accepted them? Over his decades of experience as a therapist and mindfulness meditation practitioner, Dr. Christopher Germer has learned a paradoxical lesson: We all want to avoid pain, but letting it in--and responding compassionately to our own imperfections, without judgment or self-blame--are essential steps on the path to healing. This wise and eloquent book illuminates the power of self-compassion and offers creative, scientifically grounded strategies for putting it into action. You’ll master practical techniques for living more fully in the present moment -- especially when hard-to-bear emotions arise -- and for being kind to yourself when you need it the most. Free audio downloads of the meditation exercises are available at the author's website: www.mindfulselfcompassion.org.

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) Self-Help Book of Merit
 

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Germer (clinical instructor, psychology, Harvard Medical Sch.; founder, Inst. for Meditation & Psychotherapy) has written a superb introduction to mindfulness meditation, a technique promoting ... Read full review

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Excellent introduction to the psychology and practice of loving kindness. A wonderful gift to anyone who needs a helping hand

Contents

introduction
1
Chapter 1
9
Chapter 2
36
Chapter 3
61
Chapter 4
81
Chapter 5
101
Chapter 6
129
Chapter 7
160
Chapter 9
221
Appendix A
245
Appendix B
254
Appendix C
268
notes
281
index
300
about the author
306
Copyright

Chapter 8
193

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About the author (2009)

Christopher K. Germer, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice in the Boston area, Clinical Instructor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School, and a founding member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He is the coeditor of an acclaimed book for professionals, Mindfulness and Psychotherapy.


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