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  • Contents
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Cognitive Humanistic Therapy describes a new approach to psychotherapy and self-development, based on an understanding of what it means to be “fully human.” In a unique integration of theory and practice, the book synthesises ideas from the cognitive and humanistic domains of psychotherapy and the religious worlds of Buddhism and Christianity.

Cultivating Goodwill, Sympathetic Joy and Gratitude
Cultivating goodwill, sympathetic joy and gratitude

Cognitive humanistic therapy adopts the position that all individuals have an innate capacity for goodness as well as for aggressive and destructive behaviour. Humans can develop and cultivate their minds so that they can actively demonstrate more of their potential for human sympathy. The next three chapters focus on cultivating skilful mental states and behaviours. If clients, therapists and others are to become more fully human, they must go beyond curbing the unskilful to developing and practising the skilful. Chapters 12 and 13 focus on cultivating what the Buddhist religious tradition calls the four Divine Abodes of lovingkindness, sympathetic joy, compassion and equanimity. Here, for ease of communication to a non-Buddhist audience, the word ...

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