A growing body of research, including new studies by Berkeley's Juliana Breines and Serena Chen, suggest that self-compassion, rather than self-esteem, may be the key to unlocking your true potential for greatness.
Now, I know that some of you are already skeptical about a term like "self-compassion." But this is a scientific, data-driven argument — not feel-good pop psychology. So hang in there and keep an open mind.
Researchers at Harvard University have created the first noninvasive brain-to-brain interface (BBI) between a human... and a rat. Simply by thinking the appropriate thought, the BBI allows the human to control the rat's tail.
Caring too much can hurt. When caregivers focus on others without taking care of themselves burn out, poor judgement and bad overall health can follow.
According to the Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project, caring too much can hurt.
When caregivers focus on others without taking care of themselves burn out, poor judgement and bad overall health can follow.
It's also possible that members of the general public also face compassion or emotional fatigue by constantly witnessing bad news events such as the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting, Super Storm Sandy, the Oklahoma tornadoes, the Boston Marathon bombing and other tragedies.
'The latest findings from the real neuroscience of creativity suggest that the right brain/left brain distinction is not the right one when it comes to understanding how creativity is implemented in the brain.
This new book presents a groundbreaking dialogue that took place in 2005 between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and leading researchers and teachers from both Eastern and Western traditions. The event was sponsored by the Mind & Life Institute, a Colorado-based nonprofit that studies the intersection of science and meditation; this was its second such public meeting following a similar 2003 gathering at MIT. The excerpt below comes from the book’s Epilogue, which summarizes in scholarly fashion various clinical and basic studies on meditation published between 2006 and 2011.
Colin: I think compassion focused therapy (CFT) is still relatively little known across the wider therapy world and no one is going to object to greater compassion. But in what way might the focus on compassion improve therapies that already place emphasis on unconditional positive regard and empathy? Brian Thorne, for example, has written quite a bit about tenderness in person-centred therapy.
Paul: Rogers had real insight into the importance of the therapeutic relationship based on empathy and positive regard, but compassion focused therapy integrates this in a totally different approach. Please bear in mind when reading my answers that this approach was developed for people with chronic and severe mental health difficulties – particularly with high levels of shame/self-criticism.
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