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Compassion-Focused Therapy

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ISBN-10: 0415448077

ISBN-13: 9780415448079

Edition: 2010

Authors: Paul Gilbert

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Book details

List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 5/11/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 5.50" wide x 7.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.616
Language: English

The relatively new and controversial evolutionary approaches to psychopathology are examined in this collection edited by Paul Gilbert. Leading contributors explore some of the central evolutionary concepts that may have implications for cognitive theory and practice. The collection also focuses on specific problems where evolutionary-cognitive theory approach has been effective, for example on issues of optimism/pessimism, fear and anxiety, and command hallucinations in psychosis.

Preface and acknowledgements
Theory: Understanding the Model
Some basics
A personal journey
The evolved mind and Compassion Focused Therapy
Attachment and the importance of affection
Affect regulation: The three affect-regulation systems, caring and CFT
Affiliation, warmth and affection
Clarifying the CFT approach
Distinguishing shame, guilt and humiliation: Responsibility vs. self-critical blaming
Distinguishing compassionate self-correction from shame-based self-attacking
Threat and the compensations of achievement
Compassion Practice
Understanding soothing: The wider context of balancing affect-regulation systems
The nature of compassion
Preparing and training one's mind: Mindfulness and soothing breathing rhythm
Introducing imagery
Creating a safe place
Varieties of compassion focused imagery
Developing the compassionate self
Compassionate chair work
Focusing of the compassionate self
Compassion flowing out
Compassion flowing into oneself: Using memory
Compassion flowing into oneself: Compassionate images
Compassion letter writing
Compassion and well-being enhancing
Fear of compassion
Last thoughts