book cover: The ACT Workbook for Depression & Shame by Matthew McKay
Book reviews

Book Review: The ACT Workbook for Depression & Shame

The ACT Workbook for Depression & Shame is written by psychologists Matthew W. McKay, Michael Jason Greenberg, and Patrick J. Fanning. It's based on acceptance and commitment therapy and focused on addressing the defectiveness schema in depression. The book begins and ends with a series of several self-assessment questionnaires to let you see how much… Continue reading Book Review: The ACT Workbook for Depression & Shame

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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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Emerging blogger series, Mental health

Emerging Blogger: Sarah (Between Two Poles)

The emerging blogger series is aimed at community building through giving mental health bloggers who are early in their blogging evolution the opportunity to have their work seen by a wider audience.  It's also a way to introduce you as a reader to some newer members of our community.This post is by Sarah from Between… Continue reading Emerging Blogger: Sarah (Between Two Poles)

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What is... psychology series

What Is… Shame and Guilt

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's terms are shame and guilt. According to Wikipedia, guilt is a social emotion that stems from the belief that one is responsible for having violated standards of conduct or morality.  It tends to be strongly correlated with empathic responsiveness.… Continue reading What Is… Shame and Guilt

book cover: Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
Book reviews

Book Review: Daring Greatly

In Daring Greatly, Brene Brown borrows the words of Theodore Roosevelt to encourage us to find the courage to be vulnerable.  Vulnerability, which she says encompasses uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure, "sounds like truth and feel like courage".  The book takes a very common sense, practical approach.  Findings from the author's extensive research are presented,… Continue reading Book Review: Daring Greatly