Throughout history people have sought to cope with a life that is often stressful and hard. We have actually known for some time that developing compassion for oneself and others can help us face up to and win through the hardship and find a sense of inner peace. However in modern societies we rarely focus on this key process that underpins successful coping and happiness and can be quick to dismiss the impact of modern living on our minds and well-being.
What is compassion, how does it affect the quality of our lives and how can we develop compassion for ourselves and others? Humans are capable of extreme cruelty but also considerable compassion. Often neglected in Western psychology, this book looks at how compassion may have evolved, and is linked to various capacities such as sympathy, empathy, forgiveness and warmth.
Paperback. Pub Date: 2011 07 Pages: 320 in Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd. Kristin Neff PhD. Is On a professor in human development whose 10 years' of research forms the basis of her timely and highly readable book Self Compassionoffers a powerful solution for combating the current malaise of depression. anxiety and self criticism that comes with living in a pressured and competitive culture.
Research into the beneficial effect of developing compassion has advanced enormously in the last ten years, with the development of inner compassion being an important therapeutic focus and goal. This book explains how Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) - a process of developing compassion for the self and others to increase well-being and aid recovery - varies from other forms of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.