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May 2014 by PCI College

Bite-Sized Book Review - 'The Compassionate Mind' by Paul Gilbert

'The Compassionate Mind (Compassion Focused Therapy)' by Paul Gilbert is reviewed this week by Eoin Stephens, PCI College President ahead of our CPD workshop on this subject in June.

'The Compassionate Mind'
Paul Gilbert, Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Derby, is an interesting writer and thinker on psychological matters, and has made particular contributions in the area of depression. This book, however, may well be his enduring gift to the field of therapy and mental health.

His approach is in a tradition (which I support) of integrating the best ideas from a range of areas – CBT, Buddhism, Neuroscience, Evolutionary Psychology, etc.

The core idea is simple but profound: Relating to ourselves kindly nourishes our well-being, by promoting “…feelings of reassurance, security, safeness and calm…” Habitual self-criticism does the opposite.

Compassion is a concept that gives rise to many different ideas in people’s minds, but is defined here as “…a basic kindness, with a deep awareness of the suffering of oneself and of other living things, coupled with the wish and effort to relieve it.” Because deep shame is implicated in so many mental health problems, developing self-compassion can be essential, and fortunately it is a skill which can be practised.

To find out more, read the book, go to the Compassionate Mind Foundation website at http://www.compassionatemind.co.uk/ or check out our three-day Certificate in Compassion Focused Therapy CPD workshop with Dr. Chris Irons, who studied with Paul Gilbert. Workshop details are available here on the website and places can be booked now.

Eoin Stephens, PCI College President (May 2014)

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