The Compassionate Mind Approach to Difficult Emotions

The Compassionate Mind Approach to Difficult Emotions : Using Compassion Focused Therapy

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Emotions bring purpose, pleasure and meaning to our lives. However, for many people, they are synonymous with distress, pain and suffering. Anger and rage can wreck relationships and cause problems at work; anxiety can prevent us from socialising or engaging in things we would like to; sadness can feel overwhelming and never ending. These types of difficulties are often referred to as emotion regulation problems, and can prevent us from developing stable and happy relationships, communicating our needs, and flourishing.

This practical self-help book based on Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) will help you to take a new approach to managing difficult emotions. It outlines why we experience emotions, how they can be helpful but also how and why we can get in to struggles with them. It outlines the Compassionate Mind model, and guides you through a series of exercises that will help you to develop your compassion mind, and use this to develop more helpful emotion regulation strategies, and bring greater balance to your emotions.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 152 x 232 x 42mm | 520g
  • Robinson
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • B&w integrated illustrations/charts throughout.
  • 1849016216
  • 9781849016216
  • 42,130

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How This Book Will Help You If You Are Struggling With Difficult Emotions

Emotions can bring colour, texture and meaning to our lives, and joy and happiness to our relationships and experiences. However, emotions can also be unpleasant, distressing and even scary. Some people struggle experiencing too much emotion, whilst others can feel cut off from experiencing a broad and healthy range of emotions that help them navigate life's challenges. These types of problems are sometimes referred to as emotion regulation difficulties.

If you are someone who has problems with managing emotions, this practical self-help book uses ideas and skills from Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) to help you to understand and manage common difficulties you may have. It is designed to help you develop skills in a step-by-step manner that, over time, can help you to gain confidence in how you manage your emotions.

So whether you struggle with anxiety, anger, sadness or shame, this book gives an overview of how and why we can wrestle with our emotions, and guides you through a series of exercises that you can use yourself to develop your compassionate mind, and more broadly, healthy emotion regulation strategies.

The self-help books in this series are based on the Compassionate Mind Approach (developed by series editor Paul Gilbert). This brings together an understanding of how our mind can cause us difficulties but also provides us with a powerful solution in the shape of mindfulness and compassion. It teaches ways to stimulate the part of the brain connected with kindness, warmth, compassion and safeness, and to calm the part that makes us feel anxious, angry, sad or depressed.
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About Chris Irons

Dr Chris Irons is a clinical psychologist, researcher, author and trainer. He is co-director of Balanced Minds (, a London-based organisation providing compassion focused psychological interventions for individuals and organisations. He is the author of a number of books, including The Compassionate Mind Workbook.
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