In this beautifully written book, esteemed clinical psychologist and therapist Stan Steindl takes us on a personal journey into the ups and downs of what it is to be human and reveals both the challenges and the joys of building one's compassionate mind. - Professor Paul Gilbert OBE, Founder of Compassion Focused Therapy and bestselling author Life can be complicated. And sometimes, really very difficult. We may struggle with many common life challenges: in relationships, parenting, and work, just to name a few. We can end up suffering from stress, anxiety, and depression, or loneliness, isolation or shame.
But did you know that a lot of that suffering comes from within? Rumination and self-criticism are uniquely human thought processes, developed over hundreds of thousands of years. Our brains evolved into an impressive and complex organ that helped us to survive a primitive world, and yet today may yell at us with harsh and hostile criticism, sometimes even over the smallest thing!
In fact, critical self-talk is very common. And it flies just under the radar of our conscious mind - condemning and undermining us with its inner voice. This book will show you how to do better - to turn anguish into delight through the use of our Compassionate Self.
Through a clear series of steps and practices, noted clinical psychologist Dr Stan Steindl explains how compassion evolved as a vital part of our nature and thought, and the way we look after one another, and even ourselves. He then shows how to use our compassion as a key to a healthier mental life.
With personal vignettes illustrating the therapeutic benefits of compassion focused therapy, practical exercises that use mindfulness and imagery to help us develop attention to the present moment, and a wealth of guidance on self-criticism, shame and forgiveness, this book can change your life.
Australian Academic Press
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01 October 2020
About the Author A note about The Gifts of Compassion Personal Practice Workbook Prologue Chapter 1: A Very Short Telling of a Very Long Tale Chapter 2: What is Compassion? Chapter 3: A Deeper Dive into the Attributes of Compassion Chapter 4: Moving from What to How Chapter 5: Mindfulness and Imagery, Attention and Safeness Chapter 6: Compassionate Other, Compassionate Self Chapter 7: We are Made Up of Many Different Parts Chapter 8: Working with Self-Criticism Chapter 9: Working with Shame Chapter 10: Forgiving You, Forgiving Me, and Chapter 11: Practical Strategies for Chapter 12: Where to From Here? Pulling it all together... Further Reading
Dr Stan Steindl is a director of the successful private practice Psychology Consultants Pty Ltd, based in Brisbane, Australia, as well as an adjunct associate professor at the School of Psychology, University of Queensland. Stan has provided extensive training and supervision in clinical psychology over the last 20 years. He also has a strong interest in the science and practice of compassion, and the application of compassion in therapy and therapeutic relationships. He is the co-director of the University of Queensland Compassionate Mind Research Group.