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The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions Paperback – April 29, 2009
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"In this intelligent, concise, and easy-to-read book, Christopher Germer presents an exciting synthesis of mindfulness and self-compassion that is much needed and long overdue. Drawing upon decades of practice as a clinician and meditator, Dr. Germer offers a rich and insightful guide to emotional healing. While thoroughly covering the relevant psychological research, the book is written for a general audience, and will be of enormous benefit to both therapists and their clients....Germer's narrative voice is warm, gentle, and down-to-earth. His years of meditation practice have clearly paid off in the writing of this book: every word is infused with wisdom and compassion. An invaluable guide to anyone wanting to learn how to transform their relationship with difficult emotions, this important book will undoubtedly change the lives of many who read it." -British Journal of Psychology
"Very well written...filled with practical suggestions and methods....Both the reasoning supporting the importance of the method and the method itself are presented in a clear and compelling fashion. I felt excited, touched, and enriched as I read on, and I am sure most readers will have a similar response....Offers a good integration of Eastern spirituality with Western science to make a compelling argument for the values and effectiveness of mindfulness and compassion meditation. Not only is the argument clear and convincing, but the book also offers plenty of practical aids....Should you read this book? Enthusiastically, yes....An excellent review of the evidence for mindful self-compassion in a psychoeducational manual and a step-by-step guide to developing awareness, self-compassion, and loving kindness." -PsycCRITIQUES
"A superb introduction to mindfulness meditation....This brilliant manual demonstrates how by accepting and embracing emotions, one can move to a higher plane of harmony with oneself and others. Interspersed with supporting data from psychology experiments, this book provides practical, life-changing self-help techniques and suggestions for further readings and practice. Highly recommended. (starred review)." -Library Journal
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Christopher Germer, PhD is a clinical psychologist in the Boston area, specializing in mindfulness and compassion-based psychotherapy. He has been applying the principles and practices of meditation in psychotherapy since 1978 and has taken numerous journeys to India to explore the varieties of meditation.
Dr. Germer is a clinical instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School and he's a founding member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, an organization dedicated to teaching mental health professionals how to integrate Buddhist psychology and modern psychotherapy. Dr. Germer lectures internationally on mindfulness and self-compassion and he's currently co-developing (with Dr. Kristin Neff, pioneering researcher on self-compassion) an 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion training program.
Top Customer Reviews
How do we subvert our deeply conditioned tendencies towards self-criticism? In this competitive, stressful society, we are easily thrown into competition with ourselves - fighting desperately to eradicate the more vulnerable parts of ourselves and cultivate the qualities, experiences and possessions that we think will help us get ahead. In this struggle, we often lose touch with the capacity to have compassion for our plight, a plight shared by everyone. In "The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion", psychologist Christopher K. Germer offers a way out of this often demoralizing battle. In the introduction, Germer calls this an "un-self-help book." In many ways, the methods of befriending difficult emotions and practicing compassion could directly neutralize what sends many of us to the self-help section of the bookstore. This book presents an engaging, friendly guide to navigating this often very subtle, tricky work.
The book is divided into three parts. Part I (Discovering Self-Compassion) is a guided introduction to mindfulness meditation and the concept of self-compassion. Customers may have noticed this book is similar in title to another from the same publisher: The Mindful Way through Depression. That book has actually has helped me prevent a relapse of depression for two years now and I recommend it highly. Both "The Mindful Way through Depression" and "The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion" present much of the same material in much the same manner.Read more ›
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I was experiencing anxiety after the passing of a loved one. I went to my medical foundation's library to seek meditation CDs and books. Read morePublished 6 days ago by vy le
This book is a great book, and all of a sudden mindfulness is getting a lot of attention in psychology, and popular culture in general. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Edward McKim
Boring and repetitive. Everything could have been communicated better in one or two pages, but i guess it would not be as profitable.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a great companion to the free guided meditations by Dr Germer that I found online. Have recommended this book and the web links to others who expressed interest.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
After reading some reviews, I was a bit hesitant about the book and wasn't sure if I would finish it. But I stuck with it and I am so glad that I did. Read morePublished 4 months ago by clk112
Dr. Germer writes with intelligence and clarity. Even not following his detailed instructions, one can learn to medicate and benefit. This book is a gem.Published 4 months ago by Painterjayne