Book cover: Self-Compassion by Kristin Neff
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Book Review: Self-Compassion

Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself is written by Kristin Neff, a prominent researcher in the area of self-compassion.  It includes research findings, a variety of exercises with room to complete them in the book, and stories from the author's personal experience.  The author draws on Buddhist teachings, and she writes that:… Continue reading Book Review: Self-Compassion

Validation - things that it is and is not
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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

book cover: The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown
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Book Review: The Gifts of Imperfection

The Gifts of Imperfection is the third book that I've read by Brené Brown.  I was not disappointed.  This book offers as set of guideposts toward Wholehearted living, which involves "engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness".  The guideposts include cultivating self-compassion, cultivating a resilient spirit, cultivating calm and stillness, and finding meaningful… Continue reading Book Review: The Gifts of Imperfection

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What Is… Compassion – And Is Too Much Paternalistic?

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 this after my manager expressed her view that "too much compassion is paternalistic".  She's useless, but I thought I'd take a look at why that statement is so messed up.… Continue reading What Is… Compassion – And Is Too Much Paternalistic?

book cover: The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu
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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.  The meetings were held at the Dalai Lama’s residence-in-exile in Dharamsala, India. Much of the book is presented as a dialogue between the Dalai Lama and… Continue reading Book Review: The Book of Joy

Book cover: A Fearless Heart by Thupten Jinpa
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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