What Is Compassion, Why Do I Need It, And How Might It Help Me?
What Is Compassion, Why Do I Need It, And How Might It Help Me? is a track taken from the Psychology Tools For Developing Self-Compassion audio collection. This introductory track conducts a broad exploration into how and why human beings suffer, what compassion is, and its roots in the human motive of caregiving. It introduces compassion focused therapy (CFT), from which this compassionate mind training program is drawn.
The concept of compassion is frequently misunderstood. Amongst practitioners of compassion focused therapy (CFT), compassion is often defined as “a sensitivity to the suffering of self and others, with a commitment to relieve and prevent it”. This definition has two important parts. The first psychology of compassion involves being sensitive to and engaging in distress, whether in ourselves or someone else. The second psychology of compassion involves a commitment to skillfully relieve distress, and to prevent suffering from returning.
What Is Compassion, Why Do I Need It, And How Might It Help Me? is a track taken from the Psychology Tools For Developing Self-Compassion audio collection. In this introductory track, Dr Chris Irons conducts a broad exploration into how and why human beings suffer, what compassion is, and its roots in the human motive of caregiving. He introduces compassion focused therapy, from which this compassionate mind training program is drawn.
The Psychology Tools For Developing Self-Compassion audio collection is for anyone who wants to learn more about the ideas and practices of compassion focused therapy. It has been designed to be versatile, so it is suitable to support work with therapists who have been trained in compassion focused therapy, or to be used as a stand-alone collection of exercises. To assist the integration of the exercises into their clinical work, therapists can download the scripts for each exercise for use in-session.
Individual tracks from the audio collection can be downloaded as .MP3 files which can be played in most media player apps.
The simplest way to share an audio track with your clients is by using the Psychology Tools ‘Email a client’ function. After obtaining their consent to send them the file you can send it directly from this page by clicking ‘Send securely to my client’. Your client will receive a secure email containing a unique link, and when they click the link they will be prompted to download the .MP3 file onto their device.
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