Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind
By Dr. Kristen Neff
Harper Collins Publishing, 297 pages
Susan Stuntzner PhD, LPC, LMHP, BCPC, DAPA, FAPA, CRC, NCC, DCC
Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of RCHS program
University of Idaho
Over the past decade, there has been an emerging interest in compassion and its promotion within Westernized society. During this time, a number of books devoted to the topic of compassion have been written from the perspective and inclusion of Buddhist philosophy or from the angle of integrating compassion into the practice of psychotherapy and other helping professions. Examples of these books include The Lost Art of Compassion: Discovering the Practice of Happiness in the Meeting of Buddhism and Psychology by Lorne Ladner; How to be Compassionate: A Handbook for Creating Inner Peace and a Happier World by His Holiness the Dalai Lama; The Compassionate Mind by Paul Gilbert; Compassion Focused Therapy by Paul Gilbert; and Creating a Life of Meaning and Compassion: The Wisdom of Psychotherapy by Robert Firestone, Lisa Firestone, and Joyce Catlett. Regardless of the perspective, these books provide readers with insight and information about compassion and the importance of practicing it as a way of life. In his book The Compassionate Mind, Dr. Gilbert devotes a chapter to the discussion and transformation from self-criticism to self-compassion. However, it is not until recently that a book has emerged which discusses and explores the topic of self-compassion in full detail. Dr. Kristen Neff covers this subject in her work entitled Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind.
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