Chris Irons - The Compassionate Mind Approach to Difficult Emotions - Little, Brown Book Group

The Compassionate Mind Approach to Difficult Emotions

Using Compassion-Focused Therapy

By Chris Irons

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A new title in the Compassionate Mind Approach series helping you to deal with emotional problems, and regulate your intense feelings and impulses.

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.

Biographical Notes

Dr Chris Irons is a clinical psychologist, researcher, author and trainer. He is co-director of Balanced Minds (www.balancedminds.com), 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.

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9781849016216
  • Publication date: 11 Jul 2019
  • Page count: 288
  • Imprint: Robinson
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