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Book Review

The Compassionate Mind. How to use Compassion to Develop Happiness, Self Acceptance and Well Being


Professor Paul Gilbert

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It’s a pretty hefty book and it’s not something to read from cover to cover. However, I would probably say that of all the adult books. They are books to dip in and out of or read a chapter at a time each week. However, this book is the leader of all compassion books and explains comprehensively how the emotion area of our brain operates. It reveals how mindfulness and compassion can manage our strong emotions. If you have ever felt that you are able to challenge your thoughts logically but still feel bad, then this book can guide you through why that is and how to develop confidence, courage and resilience against depression and anxiety. I particularly like the chapter on ‘from self criticism to self compassion’ as shame and criticism has a huge impact on our contentment and well being. This chapter helps us to gradually and gently help us to develop compassion to reduce the sense of shame and threat that we feel.

Recommended for:

  • Compassion
  • Adults

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