There is good and increasing evidence that cultivating compassion for one s self and others can have a profound impact on our physiological, psychological and social processes In contrast, concerns with inferiority, shame and self criticism can have very negative impacts on these processes and are associated with poorer physical and mental health The Compassionate Mind Workbook is for anyone who is interested in how compassion in the form of ideas and practices derived from Compassion Focused Therapy CFT and other approaches may help us to engage with, understand and ultimately, try to alleviate suffering CFT utilises both Buddhist practices and Western psychological science It draws on neuroscience, insights into emotion regulation and identity formation, interpersonal psychology and a range of psychotherapeutic models CFT based interventions can help people with a range of mental health problems develop compassion for themselves, be open to the compassion of others and develop compassion for othersThis workbook is a step by step guide to CFT, in which the chapters build your understanding of yourself, the skills that give rise to a compassionate mind, and ways to work with whatever difficulties you re struggling with in life The exercises, prompts and case stories in this book provide an understandable and practical way to develop compassion

11 thoughts on “The Compassionate Mind Workbook: A step-by-step guide to developing your compassionate self

  1. V.Skinner V.Skinner says:

    This is just the resource I ve been waiting for, an elegantly crafted workbook in a very user friendly format Although the book is solidly grounded in research it is written in a very straightforward style, opening up knowledge and skills step by step so that anyone can practice, develop and benefit by becoming compassionate, with no need for prior understanding of the matter.Even the layout of the workbook appears calming with short passages of text interspersed with exercises and illustrations so that nothing appears daunting, too difficult or demanding Complex concepts gently unfold as you work through the exercises and when the inevitable fears, blocks and resistance arise during the process, support is provided so that these difficulties can be normalised, accepted and managed.This book is fast becoming a staple resource where I practice as it brings together the art of compassion focused therapy in a logical progression I particularly love the chapter on building the drive system, which I haven t found so clearly and concisely articulated anywhere else Also, the chapters on compassionate letter writing and bringing compassion to our multiple selves are excellent resources for practitioners to use in their self and other therapy Overall an excellent and essential book for anyone interested in developing compassionate minds.

  2. Amarylis Amarylis says:

    After suffering yet another episode of depression I decided to become informed I read Feel the fear, The secret and now this Feel the fear was a good read, The secret. was great IF you are in a position to put a positive spin on everything but let s face it we are all under stress and looking for anything to give us peace of mind.Compassionate Mind can be a tad repetitive and as I am only a quarter of the way through I am not in a position to say if it will work for me However I do like the fact that the author includes you in written exercises It makes you focus on the way you respond to certain situations It is all common sense as deep down we all know that being positive is always so much healthier than it s opposite My best friend has never had depression, she doesn t realise how lucky she is.I doubt this book is a miracle cure but hopefully it is helpful in putting a kinder tone on the way you speak to yourself and others We all deserve some kindness.

  3. Gurpreet Kaur Gurpreet Kaur says:

    This workbook is a MUST resource for anyone interested in compassion I have used this workbook both personally and professionally and often re read chapters go back to certain points in the book as when required The workbook is written in a very easy to understand, accessible manner I think the balance of theory, questions to reflect on the theory and apply it to oneself and then the addition of exercises makes this workbook incredibly unique and really enables one to begin to cultivate a sense of compassion for self and others Personally, the workbook helped me understand and have compassion for myself and has provided me with ways tools to move towards and work with difficulties that arise in life Professionally as a clinical psychologist I recommend this workbook to my clients and have had the feedback from them that this is an incredibly helpful way for them to continue to build their compassionate mind and have a reminder of ways to do this when therapy ends In addition, this workbook has helped me consider ways that I structure sessions with clients, provided me with new exercises I can use with clients and has helped me consider the ways I discuss some of the key concepts on CFT with clients and subsequently helped me to be concise

  4. Del Del says:

    A fab book Feel confident about buying this book It is super easy to read and nicely laid out, and it s written with a warm, authentic and caring tone Fans of Paul Gilbert s The Compassionate Mind might like to think about buying this book because it follows on nicely from his publication Self compassion really is a gem of a tool to use for self care and brilliant for developing a greater level of self acceptance.The book would also make a great resource for anyone studying compassion focused therapy, because it is comprehensive, full of exercises which will really help to embed learning ,but as already mentioned,it s easy to read, thus it does provide a welcome break from clinical texts Further, there is some nice humour used throughout the book which is really lovely, because it makes the book personal and again, less clinical.I will definitely recommend this books to others.

  5. Brighty123 Brighty123 says:

    Saw this was recommended through the NHS and it s an excellent book that I would highly recommend Good if you can t afford therapy, just don t want to go or want something to use alongside it this will help you to understand yourself and be kinder to yourself and others It has helped me to work through a period of anxiety and calm down I feel this has helped me to consider the characteristics of becoming a better person I think if you are anxious, angry or tend to beat yourself up about things this book will help you to improve your quality of life.

  6. Pete Cowell Pete Cowell says:

    Excellent book I am a therapist and encourage all my clients to purchase this book which enables them to reduce the number of sessions needed to help with their issue I have also found it a very helpful reminder for myself.

  7. Mr D R Smith Mr D R Smith says:

    The beauty of this book is that is brings to life the concepts and methods of compassion focused therapy compassionate mind training in a way which is simple , supportive and achievable I have used this book with my clients and for my own personal development with rewarding results Definitely recommended

  8. Alessandro e Chiara Alessandro e Chiara says:

    Ottimo sia per i clinici da usare con i pazienti, che per i pazienti stessi, da usare in autonomia.

  9. Severine Severine says:

    exactement ce qu il me fallait pour l t je suis qu au d but mais je pars avec en vacances et compte faire unchaptire par jour j adore

  10. Brian Schaefer Brian Schaefer says:

    I work through this book every night before bed It s been transformational You have to want to change first before it has an effect on you It has been awesome.

  11. Mr. Robert P. Kaczan Mr. Robert P. Kaczan says:

    This books succeeds in being incredibly concise and helpful, providing an excellent roadmap for therapists and clients to navigate the development of compassion Can t recommend it enough.