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. Free audio downloads of the meditation exercises are available at the author's website: www.chrisgermer.com.

See also The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook, by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer, which provides step-by-step guidance for building mindful self-compassion skills and applying them to specific life challenges, and Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program, by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff (for professionals).

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

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Germer does a nice job of tying a lot of things together: mindfulness (single and open-focus), loving-kindness (metta), compassion (which differs because one has to experience a pain to be ... Read full review

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

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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

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 Germer, PhD, has a private practice in mindfulness- and compassion-based psychotherapy in Arlington, Massachusetts, and is a part-time Lecturer on Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance. He is a founding faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and of the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion. His books include The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook and The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion (for the general public) and Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program, Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy, and Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, Second Edition (for professionals). Dr. Germer lectures and leads workshops internationally. His website is www.chrisgermer.com.

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