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 wrote two books on the MSC program, one for the general public and one for professionals. 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.
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