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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: Mindfulness fo rInsomnia by Catherine Polan Orzech and William Moorcroft
Book reviews

Book Review: Mindfulness for Insomnia

Mindfulness for Insomnia by Catherine Polan Orzech and William H. Moorcroft lays out a day-by-day four-week meditation program to facilitate sleep. I'll start off by saying that I read the book because I was curious about the method, but I didn't actually practice it myself.  Aside from the sleep education in the first part of… Continue reading Book Review: Mindfulness for Insomnia

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

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

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