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It's worth a read if you want encouraging to be more reflective with a compassionate mindset, but you'd get the picture if you simply read Part One. We can also become more aware of how our societies may be stimulating the selfish ‘me first’ part of ourselves with unrealistic fantasies and desires and setting us up to want more and more and, at the same time, to feel more disappointed and personal failures” Our Mission and Aim To promote wellbeing through the scientific understanding and application of compassion via: A guiding principle of the Compassionate Mind Foundation is that our human potentials for creativity, love, altruism, compassion, but also for selfishness, vengeance and cruelty are all linked to the way our brains have evolved to solve various challenges to survival.

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If anyone wants to borrow this I'm happy to give you it 😊 it's a book I'd definitely recommend to give more understanding of how the mind works and how to be more compassionate to yourself

A great introduction into what compassion is and how we can put compassion in place in our own lives for ourselves and others benefit. It is written in a way that is easily accessible, although for anyone with prior knowledge of the subject I wonder if it would seem very simplified.

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We do not become greedy by seeking the ugly; we do not seek power to make things ugly. Books comprising myths can thus prevent us from seeing that it is our own greed for nice things that can be, for others, a source of injustice and vengeance. By constantly creating these false good/beautiful, bad/ugly distinctions, we are able to turn a blind eye to our own destructiveness, because we think that we are pursuing the pleasant, the beautiful and the good. The compassionate point is to focus on what is common to all of us – which is the struggle we have within our own evolved brains and minds with so many competing urges and feelings. We can open our eyes to the ease with which we can become deluded and not see the realities we are creating around us – through no fault of our own.” We are a species that has evolved to thrive on kindness and compassion. The challenge is to recognize the importance of kindness and affection and place them at the center of our relationship with ourselves, with others, and the world." The Compassionate Mind Foundation supports research and teaching of an evolution and contemplative informed compassion focused approach to human difficulties. A lot of the science in the book was something I found quite interesting. For example the fact that aside from the threat and excitement system, animals also have a soothing/contentment system which basically means they don't worry when there is nothing to specifically worry about. Humans spend little time in this zone because we are wired to think about threat all the time - much more so than anything pleasurable. Learning about this helped me feel less frustrated about myself and more normal when I'm being a 'worrywart'. Eradicating bad feelings can never be the end goal as they are part of our basic make-up and serve a purpose, but we can be kinder to ourselves about feeling them. Liaising with those with specific interests in the scientific study of compassion and its underlying processes, and facilitate communication and interchange between them.According to Aristotle and ancient Greek tradition, the only people deserving of compassion are those who do not deserve their suffering, and that sentiment, which is alien to Buddhist compassion, has continued to ripple through Western thought.” Gilbert, P. (2005a) Compassion and cruelty: A biopsychosocial approach. In, P Gilbert (ed). Compassion: Conceptualisations, Research and Use in Psychotherapy (9-74). London: Routledge. Gilbert, P., Allan, S. & Goss, K. (1996). Parental representations, shame interpersonal problems and vulnerability to psychopathology. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 3, 23-34.

The Compassionate Mind by Prof Paul Gilbert | Waterstones The Compassionate Mind by Prof Paul Gilbert | Waterstones

Gilbert P & Irons, C. (2004). A pilot exploration of the use of compassionate images in a group of self-critical people. Memory, 12, 507-516. To save this article to your Google Drive account, please select one or more formats and confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you used this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your Google Drive account. Facilitating open discussion on how to further promote a compassionate focus in many domains of human activity.Such an inspirational book xxx and so true that for many compassion towards one's self is often the hardest compassion to display at all. Paul Gilbert has a humorous and lively writing style which I love. This wise and perceptive book teaches us self-compassion and the consolations of kindness. The worksheets would be useful for a doctor or therapist who wanted to encourage clients to carry out these exercises. Compassionate Mind is a roadmap to compassion for the self and towards others. It is a book for those curious enough to explore their hidden potential to attain a special kind of humanness and happiness. We can stimulate patterns in our brains that are self-nourishing, supportive, encouraging and soothing so that in whatever we do to help ourselves, we create in our heads and experience (brain patterns) of warmth, kindness and support as our primary starting position. If we do this, we may find that things will be slightly better for us." By using this service, you agree that you will only keep content for personal use, and will not openly distribute them via Dropbox, Google Drive or other file sharing services

Paul Gilbert (2009). The Compassionate Mind: A Book Review: Paul Gilbert (2009). The Compassionate Mind: A

I have been thoroughly engaged throughout, and like the scientific and spiritual aspects to his presentation of facts and assertions. His work is both enlightening and, as I've already mentioned, refreshing, so makes for easy reading whatever your personal, political, professional, spiritual or religious leaning. We provide workshops, conferences, and a number of different resources for clinicians and individuals to support their work and personal practice, and facilitate the open discussion on how to promote compassionate motives and behaviours across all domains. Gilbert, P. (1998). What is shame? Some core issues and controversies. In, P. Gilbert & B. Andrews, (eds) Shame: Interpersonal Behavior, Psychopathology and Culture. (pp 3–36). New York: Oxford University Press. No work, no self purpose and no routine are some of the many things people are experiencing at this time and it can be hard to face these changes. This book gave me so much understanding on how our minds work and how we react to change.Gilbert, P. (1992). Depression: The Evolution of Powerlessness. Hove: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Ltd. And New York: Guilford. In 1993 Gilbert was made a fellow of the British Psychological Society for his contributions to psychological knowledge and was president of the British Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapy in 2003. He served on the government's National Institute for Health Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines for depression. [5] By 2011 Gilbert had published and edited 21 books, over 100 academic papers and 50 book chapters. [6] In addition Professor Gilbert is currently editor for the "Compassionate Approaches to Life Difficulties" book series. [7] Gilbert sits on the Emotion, Personality and Altruism Research Group at the Wright Institute (1992 – present) and is Visiting Professor at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) and the University of Coimbra (Portugal). Compassionate to yourself and to others (now more than ever this is needed) and the second part gives you exercises to complete to feel and be more compassionate. Personally, I wasnt a fan of the second part of the book, but I would say it could help alot of people and others may find the second part more helpful.

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