The Compassionate Mind - paperback edition out now


Paul Gilbert

Paul GilbertPaul Gilbert is the author of Overcoming Depression and audio CD Overcoming Depression: Talks With Your Therapist. He is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Derby and Director of the Mental Health Research Unit, Derbyshire Mental Health Trust. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and is long regarded one of the world's leading experts on depression and compassion. He has been a practising clinical psychologist for over thirty years.


comp mind pbAn important, practical book based on the new Compassion Focused Therapy



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Feeling anxious, stressed, tense or under pressure? If so, this groundbreaking new book from Professor Paul Gilbert can help you.

In societies that encourage us to compete with each other, compassion is often seen as a weakness. Striving to get ahead, self-criticism, fear and hostility towards others seem to come more naturally to us. This groundbreaking new self-help book explains the evolutionary and social reasons why our brains are also hardwired to respond to kindness and compassion.

Research has found that developing kindness and compassion for ourselves and others builds our confidence, helps us create meaningful, caring relationships and promotes physical and mental health. Far from fostering emotional weakness, practical exercises focusing on developing compassion have been found to subdue our anger and increase our courage and resilience to depression and anxiety.

Professor Gilbert uses practical exercises including compassionate imagery, compassionate letter-writing and compassionate behaviour to help you begin to develop and strengthen your feelings of self-compassion and increase feelings of wellbeing. This new self-help guide is invaluable to anyone suffering from depression or anxiety or interested in gaining a better understanding of how the mind works.


A timely book for a time when competitiveness, materialism and narcisissim have failed us. This book provides timeless wisdom that you can use every day. It will make a wonderful gift for someone you care about - especially if you give it to yourself.

Robert L. Leahy, author of The Worry Cure, President, International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy


This wise and perceptive book teaches us self-compassion and the consolations of kindness. I recommend it all the time. 

Sally Brampton, author of the Aunt Sally column in the Sunday Times

As one of Britian's most insightful psychologists, Gilbert illuminates the power of compassion in our lives.  

Oliver James, author of Affluenza


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