Why Shame & Guilt Are Functional For Mental Health

Why Shame and Guilt Are Functional For Mental Health

Shame and guilt are two self-conscious emotions that everyone will feel several times throughout their lives. These are generally negative emotions which make people feel bad about themselves and can have negative consequences. That said, shame and guilt are important emotional compon
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self-compassion

9 Self-Compassion Exercises & Worksheets for Increasing Compassion

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.” – Dalai Lama We know about the importance of love and compassion for others. As the Dalai Lama stated, humanity cannot survive without these characteristics. I’ve always loved this quote, in par
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16 Compassion Focused Therapy Training Exercises and Worksheets

16 Compassion Focused Therapy Training Exercises and Worksheets

“Compassion is a foundation for sharing our aliveness and building a more humane world.” – Martin Lowenthal Compassion gets a lot of attention in positive psychology, and for good reason – it’s a major concern of many religious and philosophical leaders, including the Dalai Lama and P
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What is Empathy and Why is it Important in Counseling

Understanding Empathy: What is it and Why is it Important in Counseling

Empathy is an emotion similar to understanding that people have varying levels of. In this piece, we will discuss the benefits of showing empathy as a therapist, as well as how to show empathy as a therapist. We will also discuss strategies for promoting empathy in people who do not h
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Don’t Make These 4 Common Mistakes About Self-Love

Self-love is arguably the most crucial asset to one’s well-being; without loving oneself, one cannot truly love another. To be full of doubt and masked in insecurities is only going to cause one to evaluate why others love them, and in turn, can push away even our closest companions.
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5 Steps to Develop Self-Compassion & Overcome Your Inner Critic

If you have a feeling that the voice in your head may be your worst critic, read on! Because the way you talk to yourself plays a vital role on your wellbeing. Wouldn’t it be nice to feel accepted and even supported rather than criticised by that voice inside you? In this article, I w
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Where is Your Humanity? A Call for Self-Worth, Dignity, and Common Humanity

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle”- Ian Maclaren Try scrolling down your news feed in Facebook and see how quickly you click ‘Like’ on someone’s post. When you do this, you are prioritising between the important posts of your friends and the less important stor
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Active Listening: The Art of Empathetic Conversation

Julian Treasure claims that we are losing our hearing. And he has a point! With personal broadcasting replacing the art of conversation, and silence becoming a scarce resource, we have forgotten how to listen. It is time to focus again and practise the skill of mindful listening. Not
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Develop your Compassion with Loving Kindness Meditation

Loving kindness meditation helps us develop a compassionate attitude towards ourselves and others. This form of meditation, also known as metta, is a Buddhist concept encompassing ideas of non-romantic love, kindness and non-violence. The practice of this meditation involves sending l
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Forgiveness

Forgiveness: The Key To a Happier Future

“Forgiveness undoes our own hatred and frees us from a troubled past.”- Christopher Peterson People often link forgiveness with reconciliation, according to the definition, forgiveness does not always include reconciliation or even interaction with the perpetrator. Forgive
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Just be Your Selfie: Self Compassion and Self Worth on Social Media

Growing up, I have seen a dramatic change in how relationships, identities, and social networks operate. Facebook in particular, is now a complex social ecosystem with 1.55 billion active daily users a month who are able to express themselves, keep informed about the news and communic
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18 Heart-Warming Acts of Kindness That Will Make You Cry

Anyone can make a difference. Make a stranger smile with an act of kindness. Even the smallest gesture can mean a great deal to someone in need. So, always try to do your part and help make the world a kinder place. Here are some acts of kindness that should be noticed and admired. “B
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Self-Compassion: Pro’s, Cons, Do’s and Don’ts

Self-compassion has been described as being kind to oneself, especially during suffering, realizing that pain is universal, and the ability to face pain without drama. It is separate from self-esteem, even though they have a lot in common. How does self-compassion relate to positive a
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