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dc.contributor.authorGilbert, Paul
dc.date.accessioned2020-12-14T14:48:43Z
dc.date.available2020-12-14T14:48:43Z
dc.date.issued2020-12-09
dc.identifier.citationGilbert, P. (2020). 'Compassion: From its evolution to a psychotherapy'. Frontiers in Psychology', 11, pp. 1-31.en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.3389/fpsyg.2020.586161
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10545/625462
dc.description.abstractThe concept, benefits and recommendations for the cultivation of compassion have been recognized in the contemplative traditions for thousands of years. In the last 30 years or so, the study of compassion has revealed it to have major physiological and psychological effects influencing well-being, addressing mental health difficulties, and promoting prosocial behavior. This paper outlines an evolution informed biopsychosocial, multicomponent model to caring behavior and its derivative “compassion” that underpins newer approaches to psychotherapy. The paper explores the origins of caring motives and the nature and biopsychosocial functions of caring-attachment behavior. These include providing a secure base (sources of protection, validation, encouragement and guidance) and safe haven (source of soothing and comfort) for offspring along with physiological regulating functions, which are also central for compassion focused therapy. Second, it suggests that it is the way recent human cognitive competencies give rise to different types of “mind awareness” and “knowing intentionality” that transform basic caring motives into potentials for compassion. While we can care for our gardens and treasured objects, the concept of compassion is only used for sentient beings who can “suffer.” As psychotherapy addresses mental suffering, cultivating the motives and competencies of compassion to self and others can be a central focus for psychotherapy.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThis research was supported by the Compassionate Mind Foundation charity (https://compassionatemind.co.uk/).en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherFrontiers Media SAen_US
dc.relation.urlhttps://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.586161/fullen_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International*
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/*
dc.subjectGeneral Psychologyen_US
dc.subjectcompassionen_US
dc.subjectpsychotherapyen_US
dc.subjectevolutionen_US
dc.subjectcaringen_US
dc.subjectbiopsychosocialen_US
dc.titleCompassion: From its evolution to a psychotherapyen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.eissn1664-1078
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Derbyen_US
dc.identifier.journalFrontiers in Psychologyen_US
dc.identifier.pii10.3389/fpsyg.2020.586161
dc.source.journaltitleFrontiers in Psychology
dc.source.volume11
dcterms.dateAccepted2020-10-20
refterms.dateFOA2020-12-14T14:48:44Z
dc.author.detailvchi583en_US


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