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The Self-Compassion Workbook for Teens: Mindfulness and Compassion Skills to Overcome Self-Criticism and Embrace Who You Are Paperback – December 1, 2017
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About the Author
Karen Bluth, PhD, earned her doctoral degree in child and family studies at the University of Tennessee. She is currently research faculty in the Program on Integrative Medicine in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Her work focuses on the roles that mindfulness and self-compassion play in promoting well-being in teens. Bluth was awarded a Francisco J. Varela research award from the Mind and Life Institute in 2012, which allowed her to explore the effects of a mindfulness intervention on adolescents’ well-being through examining stress biomarkers. In spring 2015, she received internal University of North Carolina funding to explore relationships among mindfulness, self-compassion, and emotional well-being in teens in grades 7–12. With current NIH funding, she is part of a research team at the University of North Carolina that is studying the teen adaptation of Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer’s Mindful Self-Compassion program.
In addition to her research, Bluth regularly teaches mindfulness and mindful self-compassion courses to both adults and teens in the Chapel Hill, NC, area and regularly gives talks and leads workshops at schools and universities. In collaboration with Lorraine Hobbs, Bluth has adapted Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer’s Mindful Self-Compassion program for an adolescent population. A former educator with eighteen years classroom experience, Bluth is currently associate editor of the academic journal Mindfulness.
Foreword writer Kristin Neff, PhD, is currently associate professor of educational psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research, conducting the first empirical studies on self-compassion over a decade ago. In addition to writing numerous academic articles and book chapters on the topic, she is author of the book Self-Compassion, released by William Morrow. In conjunction with her colleague Christopher Germer, she developed an empirically supported eight-week training program called Mindful Self-Compassion, and offers workshops on self-compassion worldwide. Neff is also featured in the best-selling book and award-winning documentary The Horse Boy, which chronicles her family’s journey to Mongolia, where they trekked on horseback to find healing for her autistic son.
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Dr Anna Friis
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Superficial, ignores main issues.
First chapter - drawing is supposed to be ‘calming and relaxing’ ?? - not for me, it’s associated with unhappy experiences,
- “we know how to be kind” - no we don’t. This is taken for granted as the starting point of this book, and it is not true.
What of someone who has never been treated with kindness in their family, perhaps even punished by the family if someone outside the family treated them well, or if they showed any sign of putting themselves first ?
Next chapter : “What would I say to a friend in this situation ?”
In my experience most people don’t know what to say that is supportive, even people who come from a good background.
Many more examples would be helpful. The book only gives one example and it’s useless.
“It’s okay to make a mistake”. If someone is being beaten and screamed at, frozen out, or jeered at, at home or by other teens or teachers when they make a mistake, how are they to believe that ? No advice whatever given about how to believe this statement in adverse circumstances. I stopped reading at this point.
‘The Self Compassion Skills Workbook’ by Tim Desmond does acknowledge these issues. It has its limits but is much more helpful - it doesn’t assume you already know how to be kind to yourself before ever opening the book, or assume that you feel safe when trying to do so.