The Compassionate Mind Approach to Difficult Emotions: Using Compassion Focused Therapy

The Compassionate Mind Approach to Difficult Emotions: Using Compassion Focused Therapy

by Dr. Chris Irons


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Emotions bring purpose, pleasure and meaning to our lives. However, for many people, they are synonymous with distress, pain and suffering. Anger and rage can wreck relationships and cause problems at work; anxiety can prevent us from socialising or engaging in things we would like to; sadness can feel overwhelming and never ending. These types of difficulties are often referred to as emotion regulation problems, and can prevent us from developing stable and happy relationships, communicating our needs, and flourishing.

This practical self-help book based on Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) will help you to take a new approach to managing difficult emotions. It outlines why we experience emotions, how they can be helpful but also how and why we can get in to struggles with them. It outlines the Compassionate Mind model, and guides you through a series of exercises that will help you to develop your compassion mind, and use this to develop more helpful emotion regulation strategies, and bring greater balance to your emotions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781849016216
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 10/29/2019
Series: Compassion Focused Therapy Series
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 1,182,655
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.25(d)

About the Author

Dr Chris Irons is a clinical psychologist, researcher, author and trainer. He is co-director of Balanced Minds (, a London-based organisation providing compassion focused psychological interventions for individuals and organisations. He is the author of a number of books, including The Compassionate Mind Workbook.

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