In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term: compassion-focused therapy Compassion-focused therapy (CFT) is a form of therapy developed by Paul Gilbert that draws on compassion to eliminate suffering, including shame and self-criticism. The theoretical basis spans a number of fields, and incorporates both Western and … Continue reading What is… Compassion-Focused Therapy
A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, 2nd ed., is written by Bob Stahl and Elisha Goldstein. MBSR is an approach that was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, whose book Wherever You Go There You Are I've previously reviewed on MH@H. The authors offer this description of mindfulness: "Mindfulness is about being fully aware of whatever is happening … Continue reading Book Review: A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook
So, what on earth is hygge and why does it matter? I got thinking about this in part because of a question of the day a while back on the Really Real Blog. Wikipedia says that hygge is "a Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness … Continue reading Gettin’ hygge with it
Mindfulness for Insomnia: A Four-Week Guided Program to Relax Your Body, Calm Your Mind, and Get the Sleep You Need by Catherine Polan Orzech and William H. Moorcroft lays out a day-by-day meditation program to facilitate sleep. I'll start off by saying that I read the book because I was curious about the method, but … Continue reading Book Review: Mindfulness for Insomnia
The Happiness Diary: Practice Living Joyfully by Barbara A. Kipfer guides you through various self-reflection exercises and prompts to connect with the potential for happiness that already exists in your life. It's designed to be used as a notebook and written in, and each page is beautifully illustrated. I'm always a tad wary of happiness-promoting books/articles, … Continue reading Book review: The Happiness Diary
Escaping the Emotional Roller Coaster: ACT for the Emotionally Sensitive by Dr. Patricia Zurita Ona draws upon acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) techniques to help "super-feelers" work with their emotions more effectively. What is a super-feeler? It's a term the author uses to describe people who struggle with emotional regulation, meaning they experience intense emotions … Continue reading Book review: Escaping the Emotional Roller Coaster
I was expecting good things from Wherever You Go There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn. He is the developer of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) therapy, and a founding director of the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. This book was a best-seller, yet it managed to … Continue reading Book review: Wherever You Go There You Are
Mindfulness has become a bit of a buzzword these days. When I first started meditating last year, I struggled with the idea of mindfulness of the breath. Deep breathing can be useful when I'm feeling tense or anxious, but as an anchor for mindfulness, I just felt bored. I don't expect mindfulness to be entertaining, … Continue reading Taking mindfulness outside
This post is sort of a follow-up to my post yesterday on goal-setting, in which I talked about the difficulty I have in setting goals for the future. The past includes good stuff in the more distant past and a lot of not so good stuff in the more recent past. I used to be … Continue reading Living in the present… or just avoidance?
Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life is written by psychologist Dr. Susan David, and was recommended to me by Chris at Breathe Underwater. I was quite impressed with this book. Normally when I'm reading a book I intend to review I take notes as I'm reading of the points that … Continue reading Book Review: Emotional Agility
Mindfulness for Bipolar Disorder: How Mindfulness and Neuroscience Can Help You Manage Your Bipolar Symptoms by Dr. William R. Marchand lays out specific areas for mindfulness practices that be useful in managing bipolar disorder symptoms (and most if the book is also applicable to other mood disorders). I believe mindfulness can be a really helpful thing … Continue reading Book review: Mindfulness For Bipolar Disorder
I was initially reluctant to try meditation. My thinking went something along the lines of… I’m so f***ing sick of being inside my own head, so why on earth would I want to spend more time up in there?