What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)
Insights into Psychology

What Is… Self-Esteem

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is self-esteem. Self-esteem refers to the extent to which we perceive the various elements of our self-concept positively. It incorporates our physical self-image, how we feel about the things we've accomplished, how successful we consider ourselves to be… Continue reading What Is… Self-Esteem

Book cover: Radical Compassion by Tara Brach
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: Radical Compassion

Radical Compassion by Tara Brach is her latest book; I've previously reviewed Radical Acceptance. This book focuses on RAIN, which can give you the gift of "living from your full potential." I did a post not long ago about RAIN, which involves Recognizing, Allowing, Investigating, and Nurturing. Brach explains that basic mindfulness meditation involves the… Continue reading Book Review: Radical Compassion

The mindful RAIN acronym, with graphic of rainbow, rain, and umbrella
Wellbeing & Recovery

It’s RAIN-ing Mindfulness

My friends at WeDIDitPTSD recently brought up Jack Kornfield's approach to RAIN, a mindfulness meditation for dealing with overwhelm, and I thought I'd explore that further in a post. RAIN, which is based on Buddhist teachings, was first described by Insight Meditation Society teacher Michele McDonald. Rain acronym R: Recognition The R is about exploring… Continue reading It’s RAIN-ing Mindfulness

How does the inner critic get started? - cartoon of person burdened by negativity
MH@H Mental Health

How Does the Inner Critic Get Started?

I've noticed that a lot of people in the blogging world have quite a strong inner critic. I don't, and II find it fascinating when it seems like people believe that they should self-criticize in order to do things properly, or in order to avoid being a bad person. So let's chat about it. To… Continue reading How Does the Inner Critic Get Started?

Book cover: Self-Compassion by Kristin Neff
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: Self-Compassion by Kristin Neff

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 by Kristin Neff

What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)
Insights into Psychology

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
MH@H 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
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown

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 by Brené Brown

Book cover: A Fearless Heart by Thupten Jinpa
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: A Fearless Heart by Thupten Jinpa

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 by Thupten Jinpa