Compassion is omnidirectional—both inner and outer. As a clinician, I have been exploring since 2005 how to apply self-compassion, along with mindfulness, to difficult emotions and challenging relationships. All the books I have authored or co-edited since then reflect this interest. Those books include The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy, and Mindfulness and Psychotherapy.
Additionally, Kristin Neff and I will publish two books in 2018 (Guilford Press) on the MSC program— The Self-Compassion Workbook, a general audience book for MSC students and other interested persons, and The Mindful Self-Compassion Training Manual, a professional book for MSC teachers. MSC is designed for the general public and is deeply therapeutic although it is primarily a resource-building program—it develops the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion. MSC does not specifically focus on healing old wounds, but emotional injury often resolves itself naturally when a person has the capacity to meet it with kindness and understanding. Another book specifically on self-compassion in clinical practice will be co-authored by Christine Brähler and myself and released in early 2019.
The number of research articles on mindfulness and self-compassion is growing exponentially every year.
- For an updated bibliography of articles on mindfulness, please visit the American Mindfulness Research Association.
- For an updated bibliography of articles on self-compassion, please go to Kristin Neff’s website.
To access an issue of the Psychotherapy Networker (Sept/Oct 2015) specifically on self-compassion, please go to: https://www.psychotherapynetworker.org/magazine/toc/2/self-compassion