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Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy

Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy

Renowned psychologist Chris Germer answers questions on how therapists can help their clients learn the art of self-compassion, accept their imperfections and build inner strength to break free of harsh self-criticism.

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Can you share your personal story about discovering and cultivating self-compassion?
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Are there actual exercises you can do with patients to help them develop self-compassion or is talking about it enough?
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What are the best tools to help clients get started on practicing self-compassion?
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Do you have a sequence for how therapists can encourage patients to challenge their harsh inner critic put downs and judgements, and adopt a view of self that validates efforts and their struggles, gently and compassionately?
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What causes people to be self-critical and should they re-evaluate their relationships with critical partners, family members and friends?
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How do we know that self-compassion is an antidote to shame? How could I describe this to my clients?
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How do you handle it when narcissistic patients talk about self-compassion as something they want to prioritize, but in fact you intuit that what they actually need is compassion for others? Any recommendations on how to approach this?
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Do we ultimately need self-compassion in order to be compassionate with others?
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Why do we seem to need 'permission' from someone outside of ourselves to be self-compassionate?
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