The Gifts of Compassion 2020

The Gifts of Compassion 2020 : How to understand and overcome suffering

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"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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 186 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 10mm | 270g
  • Bowen Hills, QLD, Australia
  • English
  • 1925644480
  • 9781925644487
  • 43,961

Table of contents

About the Author
A note about The Gifts of Compassion Personal Practice Workbook
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
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About Stan Steindl

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.
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