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The Power of Validation

Skinny Hobbit from Growing Into Myself recently did a post that contained this Youtube video.  The video is about supporting someone who is grieving, but it's a powerful message about validation in general, which is what inspired this post. Many of us have chosen to blog because there are difficult experiences that we're dealing with. … Continue reading The Power of Validation

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What is... psychology series

What is… Compassion-Focused Therapy

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is compassion-focused therapy. Compassion-focused therapy (CFT) was developed by Paul Gilbert and draws on compassion to eliminate suffering, including shame and self-criticism.  The theoretical basis spans a number of fields, and incorporates both Western and Eastern philosophies. Part… Continue reading What is… Compassion-Focused Therapy

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Wellness, What is... psychology series

What Is… Compassion

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's term is compassion. I was inspired to write about compassion because recently one of my managers expressed her view that "too much compassion is paternalistic".  I already have no respect for her or her opinions, but I thought I'd… Continue reading What Is… Compassion

book cover: The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu
Book reviews

Book review: The Book of Joy

The Book of Joy: Finding Happiness in a Changing World is the product of a week-long series of discussions between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, facilitated by author Douglas Abrams, who has frequently collaborated with Archbishop Tutu.  The meetings were held at the Dalai Lama’s residence-in-exile in Dharamsala, India. Much of… Continue reading Book review: The Book of Joy

Book cover: A Fearless Heart by Thupten Jinpa
Book reviews

Book review: A Fearless Heart

In A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives, Dr. Thupten Jinpa offers a practical guide to creating change through Buddhist-inspired compassion practices.  Dr. Jinpa is a former Buddhist monk who completed a Ph.D. in religious studies at Cambridge University. He has been the principal English language translator for His… Continue reading Book review: A Fearless Heart