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Welcome to The Compassion Initiative Podcast Series. This Podcast series features Dr Stan Steindl and Dr James Kirby, both Clinical Psychologists. Stan and James are the co-founders of The Compassion Initiative. The podcast series is a relaxed informal ongoing conversation between Stan and James about issues related to compassion. You can access and subscribe to the Podcast on our website: www.thecompassioninitiative.com.au
 
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I recently had a revelation! Our blocks to self-compassion are often outside of our awareness. This might sound obvious to you, but it gave me food for thought. When someone is considering self-compassion, maybe for the first time, but something difficult to identify keeps getting in the way…what is that something? Can we bring it to awareness? Can…
 
A few weeks ago I made a video about affirming strengths as part of compassion. You can see the video here. To be more accurate, that video was emphasising affirming one’s own strengths as part of self-compassion!Last week I made video about compassionate assertiveness. You can see that video here. And I realised that a part of compassionate assert…
 
Hello Compassionistas! I’m diving deep at the moment into all sorts of ways to practice self-compassion. And one of the best? Compassionate assertiveness! Assertiveness training has a long tradition, but when we come at it from a compassionate motivation, then it is a great way to practice self-compassion AND compassion in one friendly yet clear an…
 
Here, I interview Jamie Woodhouse from Sentientism.info and the Sentientism Podcast. From his website:"Sentientism is a philosophy or worldview – a way of thinking about what’s real and what matters. Sentientists use evidence and reason to work out what to believe in, so don’t hold supernatural beliefs. Sentientists also have compassion for every s…
 
I'm, always looking or new ways to practice self-compassion. And here's another! I've just discovered you can actually text yourself, so why not send yourself some self-compassionate texts. Here are a few I tried today! Give it a try...and let me know what you think.TARGETED PLAYLIST LINK:Compassion in a T-ShirtLINKS:If you would like to know more …
 
Today we will be exploring a daily self-compassion practice known as self-compassion in the mirror! It’s an interesting one, and a powerful one. It can also come along with certain reservations for people. But as we work through those reservations, this daily practice can really make a difference.So, in two steps, we can practice self-compassion in…
 
The Gifts of Compassion...and Making Them Count.This is my Keynote Address at this year's UQ Compassion Symposium, 16 September 2022. We had a wonderful lively audience, a moving Welcome to Country, and I was introduced by my daughter Freya. Then I discussed: 11.38 What is compassion?17.27 Definition and qualities23.13 Life lessons across three flo…
 
Tone is so important in conveying both feeling and meaning. Often, the tone of our self-talk can be harsh, hostile, critical or condemning. We can attack ourselves, dig the boot in, cut ourselves no slack what-so-ever. We think this’ll motivate us, keep us on track, stop us from being lazy, self-indulgent or lax, stop us from making mistakes. But a…
 
Life isn't easy. There can be difficulties and demands that can keep us up at night! So what to do? You can try writing a compassionate letter. But sometimes people ask me, "But what do I say? What do I write?" So, in this video, I will show you five compassionate letters that I wrote to myself over the last week. They're not perfect, they're not m…
 
I was facilitating session 3 of the compassionate mind training course last week, and we were talking about the compassionate self taking compassionate action in response to suffering in others or ourselves.I often speak about three key elements to consider: validation, reassurance and encouragement. But someone in the group mentioned the importanc…
 
Last week I spoke about how enemies can be our best teachers of compassion…they give us the most trouble, and so if we truly wish to practice compassion, then they give us an important opportunity to do so.But I was thinking, there are also enemies of compassion itself. Some of them are near enemies, wolves in sheep clothing, and some of them are f…
 
In today’s video, I’ll explore how compassion might help with the day to day battles we find ourselves in with people who give us trouble, our so called enemies. In fact, we can think of it in this way. It’s not really those who we already like or love, and love quite easily, that help us to practice our compassion. Obviously, we want to be compass…
 
Compassion is a good thing! But our compassion is not boundless. And it’s useful to be aware of this, reflect on it a little, and work out what might get in the way of our own compassion. Having boundaries makes complete sense. But our compassion can also be bounded by certain appraisals, judgements, biases that can often be brought to consciousnes…
 
In this video, I experience the practice of therapeutic humour under the kind and wise guidance of Mallori DeSalle and Dr Lodge McCammon. They demonstrate some warm up exercises, therapeutic exercises, and we have a lot of laughs! It was also interesting to consider how therapeutic humour might relate to compassion and self-compassion, as well as i…
 
Going Mainstream (or trying to): Assessing compassionate action in clinical practice as part of routine outcome measurement.UQ CMRG One Day SymposiumSay hi on social:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/drstansteindlTwitter: https://twitter.com/StanSteindlInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr_stan_steindl/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stan-…
 
I’ve read, thought, talked, and written a lot about compassion, and so in this episode I wanted to give you 10 guiding principles for living a compassionate life, drawing not least on the work of Professor Paul Gilbert and compassion focused therapy!If you are interested in compassion or compassion focused therapy, check out The Gifts of Compassion…
 
Something you'd never guess about me is that I love the Greek tragedies! Agamemnon and his family, Hippolytus, Phaedra and Theseus, and, of course, Oedipus, his father and mother. And the main themes of the Greek tragedies? Love, loss, power, pride…and shame. Let's think about shame from the point of view of the Greek tragedies, and consider where …
 
Over a year has past since the last TCI podcast, but James and Stan are back with a new episode, jamming about all things compassion: compassion research, compassion focused therapy, and upcoming compassion conferences, not least, the UQ Compassion Symposium. That's a lot of compassion! Let us know your thoughts!!…
 
What is self-criticism? Well, it comes in different forms and has different functions. And perhaps there is an alternative approach. Find out more here!על ידי The Compassion Initiative: Dr Stan Steindl and Dr James Kirby
 
Compassion focused therapy, or CFT, is often considered one of the "third wave CBT" therapies. This video will ask, "Is CFT a third wave CBT?" And the answer may surprise you. I am very keen to hear your thoughts, comments, and disagreements!על ידי The Compassion Initiative: Dr Stan Steindl and Dr James Kirby
 
Episode 8 of Compassion 180: Three Minute Gifts of Compassion. I am a lover of Star Wars! And every time I watch something new from the Star Wars universe I also learn something new! This time some compassionate wisdom from the recent Obi Wan Kenobi series!TARGETED PLAYLIST LINK:Compassion in a T-ShirtSay hi on social:Facebook: https://www.facebook…
 
Episode 6 of Compassion 180: Three Minute Gifts of Compassion. I was brought up to believe in the power and goodness of being compassionate towards others. Helping, healing…compassion…are in the blood! But it flows in three directions. It takes courage to be compassionate towards others. It can be difficult and distressing to work with suffering. A…
 
Compassion focused therapy (CFT) was developed to help people who experience high levels of shame and self-criticism, and has been found to be effective in reducing these difficult aspects of human suffering across a range of presenting problems. Adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse can experience very painful shame, as well as self-hating sel…
 
Episode 4 of Compassion 180: Three Minute Gifts of Compassion. We can often get all caught up in threat system activation. Usually, this means an internalising mindset and a particular body and brain pattern. The compassionate self also has a particular body and brain pattern, and we can access this through memories of compassion, times when we, pe…
 
Episode 4 of Compassion 180: Three Minute Gifts of Compassion. "Safety" and "safeness" are defined very differently in compassion focused therapy. Not that one is better than the other, or one is preferable over the other. Rather, they are different and come along with very different feelings, thoughts, behaviours and motivations. Let me know what …
 
Episode 4 of Compassion 180: Three Minute Gifts of Compassion.What is mindfulness and how does it relate to compassion?TARGETED PLAYLIST LINK:Compassion 180: Three Minute Gifts of CompassionTo watch Jon Kabat-Zinn speak about mindfulness, go here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvXFxi2ZXT0To watch James Baraz speak about mindfulness, go here: http…
 
Episode 3 of Compassion 180: Three Minute Gifts of Compassion.In Episode 3 we discuss a fundamental compassionate insight, key to cultivating compassion for others and for ourselves. And we "go to the movies" in order to discover exactly what this key insight is!TARGETED PLAYLIST LINK:Compassion 180: Three Minute Gifts of CompassionTo see the clip …
 
Episode 2 of Compassion 180: Three Minute Gifts of Compassion. In episode 2 we discuss compassion focused therapy's Three Circle Model of Emotion Regulation: threat, drive and soothing-affiliative systems. They all evolved to help our species survive. And they all come with trade-offs. But this is a foundational model in CFT, and one that we will o…
 
Episode 1 of Compassion 180: Three Minute Gifts of Compassion. In this episode we discuss the topic of our "tricky brains"; brains that were designed for us by evolution, not designed by us; old brain motives, emotions and behavioural urges; new brain higher order functions; and the difficult old brain-new brain loops of the mind that can cause a l…
 
On the 17 November 2019, I published my first Compassion in a T-Shirt video titled “Understanding fears, blocks and resistances to compassion, and how to work through them”. You can see that first, slightly dodgier video here.All this time later, I am excited to return to the topic of working with fears, blocks and resistances to compassion because…
 
No matter what might be going on around you, or in the world at large, even when the suffering of others seems so much greater, it is always important to occasionally turn to yourself, check in, see how you are going, notice suffering of your own and begin to direct compassion towards yourself.In this video, we will practice a guided imagery exerci…
 
Compassion as an evolved human motivation is not the same as compassion being our default motivation. Compassion, a sensitivity to suffering in self and others with a commitment to try to alleviate or prevent it, is actually rather uncommon and gets outmaneuvered quite often by other equally evolved, equally human motivations. So we gotta practice …
 
It feels like suffering is everywhere at the moment. The COVID pandemic continues to engulf the world, Russia has invaded Ukraine, causing untold suffering, and last week, here in Australia, up and down the east coast, we have had terrible storms and floods, wreaking havoc on homes and business, and the tragic loss of life. And so compassion is mor…
 
"We have very little time. This is a life and death issue for all of us. Can we stop the drift toward destruction? We all have a responsibility in answering this question. It is to carry out my personal share of this responsibility that I have spoken out so strongly. I intend to continue. I hope you will join me - and millions of others - in workin…
 
People everywhere are lovely, so why do we have wars? And why does it feel like we might be on the brink of one right now? Goodness knows I don’t know the answer to that. But let’s have a think about it from an evolutionary point of view, and see if there is anything we can do to create a more compassionate world.TARGETED PLAYLIST LINK:Compassion i…
 
We have moral obligations. But what are they? And is compassion one of them?In this video I am going to extend myself a little into the realm of ethics and morality! No easy task. But the more I have been thinking about compassion, the more I have begun to wonder, is compassion in fact a moral obligation? In other words, is compassion, and especial…
 
Last week I spoke about 5 evidence-based benefits to mental health of compassion focused therapy. But compassion focused therapy and compassionate mind training have benefits at a general community level as well, promoting psychological well-being in all sorts of people in all sorts of ways. So check this out: Five more evidence-based benefits of c…
 
Learning how to cultivate compassion through an approach like compassion focused therapy (CFT) can have profoundly positive effects on mental health. So, in today’s video I’m going to give you 5 evidence-based benefits of compassion focused therapy! There are others!! But let’s start with five.TARGETED PLAYLIST:Compassion in a T-ShirtRESEARCH LINKS…
 
Compassion focused therapy is an evolutionary model of psychotherapy. We have these evolved brains and bodies, and both can be very tricky and cause us a lot of suffering: emotionally, physically, socially and so on. But CFT proposes that compassion also evolved as an innate aspect to human nature. Compassion is there, within us, and we can learn a…
 
Social rank theory relates to the human evolved motives around social competitiveness, hierarchies, influence and power. In this video we will explore the "dual-strategies theory of social rank" that incorporates two distinct yet equally viable pathways to gaining status in human social hierarchies: dominance and prestige. Importantly, we will cons…
 
The notion of pride often comes along with negative connotations. Pride is one of the seven deadly sins! But recent research has differentiated two types of pride: hubristic and authentic pride. This video will explore pride, the details of these two types, where pride comes from and why authentic pride in particular might be very helpful. The vide…
 
What is compassion? Well, one way to answer that is to highlight what compassion is not. Compassion is not a feeling. It is not the same as love. And it's not the same as kindness. Compassion draws on the skill of empathy, but is not empathy. It is definitely not pity. And it is not simply being nice. There is nothing indulgent about compassion. It…
 
Humiliation is a painful emotion, and it can be hard to get over! It's similar to shame, but there are important differences. In this video, we discuss those differences, as well as some compassion focused strategies for managing feelings of humiliation. See the links below to some of the books and videos mentioned.TARGETED PLAYLIST LINK:Compassion…
 
Yes they are! Embarrassment and shame are both self-conscious emotions, but like guilt and shame, embarrassment and shame have important differences. See what you think about the differences discussed in this video, and add your comments below!In the video I mention the recent conference organised by Compassionate Mind Italia. Here is the link to t…
 
Forgiveness can be very difficult. We can't help but feel angry and resentful when someone hurts us! But the pain of resentment often just makes matters worse. In fact, forgiveness is an act of self-compassion. When we forgive another who has hurt us, then we let go of anger and resentment and we suffer less. But how do you go about it? Well, here …
 
Resentment is a rather complex and painful human emotion. It can cause us a lot of suffering! But self-compassion can help. In this video we take a look at resentment, what it is, how it shows up in our feelings, thoughts and behaviours, and then offer 8 compassion focused steps you can take to let it go.If you would like a copy of The Gifts of Com…
 
Activating the compassionate self: slowing down the mind and body, and connecting with wisdom, strength and courage, and a caring-commitment, and deciding how can I be helpful to myself and others.This video takes you through the body-based practices and the three key qualities of the compassionate mind, in order for you to activate your compassion…
 
Ageing is difficult. Time flies by and we get older. And we can suffer. Self-compassion can help! I turned 50 today, and while in some ways this is still a relatively young age, in other ways my body is giving me lots of little clues and reminders that time is passing. And there are certain realities there that we can't avoid. So how can we approac…
 
We have compassion focused therapy (CFT) and we have compassionate mind training (CMT), but what is CMT exactly? CFT is a psychotherapy, and CMT is a part of CFT. But CMT can also be delivered as a more structured course. In this video, we dive a little deeper to understand some of the research behind CMT, as well as the session by session details …
 
The COVID-19 pandemic has been really dragging on. And everyone is feeling it. There is an ever-present sense of threat and foreboding. in this video, Dr Stan Steindl summarises some recent research exploring the relationships between our perceived threat of COVID-19 and our mental health and social safeness outcomes...as well as the role fears of …
 
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