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Compassion and Self Hate: An Alternative to Despair Paperback – April 28, 1998
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The three stars are for Dr. Rubin's compassionate essays on our creative means for self-inflicted suffering, which run through page 129. I found fascinating his conclusion that we routinely punish ourselves for not measuring up, or as he suggests, for falling from "privileged positions." His blending of anecdote, diagnosis, and remedy makes for a warm, even invigorating, read.
He clumps all mental illness into a single diagnosis, concluding that everything is based on a privileged position -- an illusion of grandeur. Whether this is true or not, the simplicity of his message helps me remember that I'm coming to grips with my human, flawed self and that I'm not trying to become a 'normal' person.
Unfortunately, his generalization leaves room for only a generalized strategy: Admit, recognize, block, analyze, and finally realize. It takes him roughly forty pages to offer a cursory explanation. If he spent the rest of the book detailing a practical technique for applying his strategy for different kinds of self-hate, this book would have become a five-star classic. He didn't.
Instead, he presented a 40-page diatribe entitled "Compassionate Psychophilosopy" that is wrought with hyperbole, demands, and inconsistencies, all written as a first person reflection of the perfectly compassionate self. It is the antitheses of the previous chapters; offering impossibilities of self-reliance that no person could ever attain.Read more ›
I discoved the book "Compassion and Self Hate" at a time when I really needed it. After having accepted a job that I was afraid to apply for, because it pushed me beyond my comfort zone, I was feeling pretty unhappy one evening on the subway ride home from work. A women next to me was reading the book on the train. As I read a couple paragraphs of her book, it immediately related to how I was mentally beating myself up at that moment. I apolozied for having read over her shoulder and asked for the name and author of the book.
The book has helped me to separate my fear of failure (because I usually think that most people are smarter than myself), from my need to analyze how I contributed to the job and the job contributes to my self growth. After deciding that the job is just my current challenge for which there was not failure, and a stepping stone to my next challenge, I stop try to find reasons why I should quit or be fired.
I am now taking classes in web development, thinking about graduate school, and working to fulfill a dream of taking a trip to Africa to meet family members on my father's side.
While it may be comforting or discomforting to know that most/many people experience some form of self hating tendancies, it is more comforting to know that there is a book (also available in paperback) that I and my sisters and brothers can read to help us deal with unspoken inner pain and self doubt.
I have searched for the book on Amazon.com in hope that it is still in print, and it is, so that I can return this library copy for which I have been checking out for the last eight months. I plan to buy a paperback copy for myself and everyone in my immediate family.
I discoved the book "Compassion and Self Hate" at a time when it was truly needed. After working four months in a marketing job(for which I was afraid to apply for because it pushed me beyond my comfort zone), I was feeling pretty unhappy one evening on the subway ride home from work.
A women next to me was reading Dr. Rubin's book. As I read a couple paragraphs of her book, it immediately related to how I was mentally beating myself up at that moment. I apologized for having read over her shoulder, asked the women for the name and author of the book, and checked the book out at my neighborhood library.
The book is helping me to separate my fear of failure (because I sometimes think that I am smart or talented enough), from my need to analyze what I contribute to the job and the job contributes to my self growth. After deciding that the job is just a challenge for which there is no failure, and a gateway to my next challenge, I hope that I can now stop trying to find reasons why I should quit, be fired, or run.
As my next goal and challenge, I am now taking classes in web development, thinking about graduate school, and working to fulfill a dream of taking a trip to Africa.
While it may be comforting or discomforting to read that many people experience some form of self hating tendancies, it is more comforting to know that there is a book (now available in paperback) that I and my siblings can read to help us deal with unspoken inner pain and self doubt.
Because I believe that children inherit and suffer from the pains of their parents, I plan to buy a paperback copy for myself, five brothers and sisters, four nieces and nephews, two in-laws, one mother and step father, and a Partridge in a Pear Treeeee!
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I recommend this book as adjunct reading to Byron Katie's work. Goes into depth as to why we are suffering creatures. Read morePublished 2 months ago by B. Henderson
I love this book. I loaned it to a friend and she liked it so much that I gave her my copy and I had to buy this one to replace it.Published 2 months ago by Diane Foster
very helpful in seeing myself and others and why we behave as we do.Published 3 months ago by Loren B Paschall
This book really opened my eyes on how many different ways we (you, me and society) "hate" on ourselves. Read morePublished 8 months ago by dugger
Exceptional !! Helped me in the 1980s as I was struggling. Can't say enough good things about it!Published 11 months ago by Paul McNamara
This book changed my life. I've bought copies for countless friends, and reread it I don't know how many times. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Tiffany Yates
As a therapist I can say this is one book I must have in my collection. It is OUTSTANDING and directs how I work with clients.Published 14 months ago by Murf
This book is NOT for the delusional :) This was a great eyeopening experience and I would gently recommend to anyone that needs to understand their own self-hatred - not a nice... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Justinel