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Culture of Empathy Builder:  Paul Gilbert
http://j.mp/VIbSXh

Paul Gilbert and Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy & Compassion

Paul Gilbert is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Derby and Director of the Mental Health Research Unit, Derbyshire Mental Health Trust. He has has authored over 20 books, including, Depression: The Evolution of Powerlessness and the The Compassionate Mind: A New Approach to Life's Challenges.

Paul says, "After years of exploring the processes underpinning shame and its role in a variety of psychopathologies, my current research is exploring the neurophysiology and therapeutic effectiveness of compassion focused therapy."  The publisher describes Compassion-focused therapy (CFT)  as "a form of psychotherapy that emphasizes the development of self-compassion in people who are prone to feelings of shame and self-criticism. Created by Paul Gilbert and his colleagues, this therapy is rooted in Mahayana Buddhist psychology, which considers compassion and mindfulness to be central to healing the mind. CFT develops four skills: compassionate attention, compassionate thinking, compassionate behavior, and compassionate feeling.

This therapy has been proven effective for the treatment of eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions, and can even benefit those who do not suffer from these disorders as it improves emotional regulation, distress tolerance, and nonjudgment."

In this interview, Paul and Edwin have a wide ranging discussion about shame, depression, empathy and compassion, as well as, how to foster compassion in society.
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Transcripts

  • 00:00 Introduction

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Article: Introducing compassion-focused therapy Paul Gilbert .PDF

The healing properties of compassion have been written about for centuries. The Dalai Lama often stresses that if you want others to be happy – focus on compassion; if you want to be happy yourself – focus on compassion (Dalai Lama 1995, 2001). Although all clinicians agree that compassion is central to the doctor–patient and therapist–client relationship, recently the components of compassion have been looked at through the lens of Western psychological science and research

 


Compassion-focused Therapy (CFT)

The publisher describes Compassion-focused therapy (CFT)  as "a form of psychotherapy that emphasizes the development of self-compassion in people who are prone to feelings of shame and self-criticism. Created by Paul Gilbert and his colleagues, this therapy is rooted in Mahayana Buddhist psychology, which considers compassion and mindfulness to be central to healing the mind. CFT develops four skills: compassionate attention, compassionate thinking, compassionate behavior, and compassionate feeling. This therapy has been proven effective for the treatment of eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions, and can even benefit those who do not suffer from these disorders as it improves emotional regulation, distress tolerance, and nonjudgment."

 

 

Paul Gilbert: How Mindfulness Fosters Compassion

 

Author and therapist Paul Gilbert explores how awareness of how our own minds work can help break negative thought patterns and help us to become more compassionate.

 

 

Professor Paul Gilbert - Strengthening the Mind through The Power of Self-Compassion


 

 

Meng Wu Lecture: Paul Gilbert, Ph.D.


 

 

Workshop Part 1: Dr. Paul Gilbert

 

 

Workshop Part 2: Dr. Paul Gilbert



Workshop Part 3: Dr. Paul Gilbert




Workshop Part 4: Dr. Paul Gilbert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lectures from the UK: Dr. Paul Gilbert offering a Skype Overview of Compassion Focused Therapy

 

 

Talk Nicely To Yourself Trail
 

  • Intro: We're talking with a Rock Starr in Psychology

  • The stress system. stimulating it ongoing -

    • you will feel bad

    • self criticism

  • Feel you are you're best friend

    • how do you treat yourself

  • Compassion works through ancient systems in the brain

    • based caring and the power of caring to overcome threat

  • Focus on qualities of kindness -will calm

    • not just what you say but how you say it.


     

Compassion Based Therapy - Interview

 

Paul Gilbert - Beginnings of Compassion-focused therapy (CFT)

  • Working with patients

  • try to generate kind voice in them

  • the inner voice - imagine a kind warm voice

    • lot of resistance,

    • a weakness, an indulgence, become tearful

  • Buddhism and compassion

  • Therapy and Buddhism - insights from both traditions

    • psychodrama

    • chair work

    • etc

    • imagery

  • Compassion-focused therapy (CFT)  emerged  out of this

    • focused on how to get affiliative feeling for the self

    • affiliative  'bring or come into close connection'

  • What does compassion and self-compassion mean?

    • Paul Gilbert

      • affiliative emotion - kindness, supportive,

      • got into attachment theory

      • mammalian caring behavior - mother caring for the child

      • calms and sooths the child and teacher emotional regulation

      • secure based for going out into the world

      • Want to activate that process in people with  (CFT)

      • the root is to feel "affiliative feeling"

    • Kristen Neff

      • what does it feel like when your heart is open

      • an excepting and an allowing, not shutting anything out of our experience

      • including pain

      • feel kind caring for self and others

      • sense of interdependence

      • an experience

    • Chris Germer

      • Suffering and wish to alienate it.

      • open heartedness in the presence of pain and suffering

      • a fundamental human resource

      • a capacity to be with pain and even transform it to something useful

      • we are hard wired for it.

      • it's a skill we can cultivate

      • how can we be with the difficulties of life without being crushed by it.

      • wrapping suffering in loving kindness

    • Paul

      • we know this and turn to others for support, understanding, a cuddle, heard, soothed

      • with self compassion - direct this toward self as well.

      • compassion is the basis of courage

  • 13:00 Phases of self-compassion

    • a new phase

    • refine our intention

    • care and comfort  

  • 15:00 Current work and future

    • Kristen Neff - did research - now teaching

    • Paul Gilbert

      • developing the compassionate self -

      • developing breathing exercises

      • imagery of what you want to become

      • how to facilitate compassion in different groups -

        •  psychosis, eating disorders

      • Cognitive behavioral therapy

      • form  "affiliative feeling"

      • shame - sense of loneliness

  • Compassion - some see it as syrupy sweet.

    • but a transformative process


Interview with Dr. Paul Gilbert
 

 

 

Paul Gilbert, OBE on Compassion Focused Therapy and Buddhism

 

Paul Gilbert, OBE on Compassion Focused Therapy and Buddhism from WhatMeditationReallyIs on Vimeo.