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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.
Chapter Thirteen: Cultivating Compassion and Equanimity
Cultivating Compassion and Equanimity
This chapter continues the emphasis on cultivating positive human-being skills not just for their own sakes, but as antidotes to negative emotions, thoughts and communications. Arguably the Western psychotherapy literature insufficiently emphasizes cultivating the positive as a weapon against the negative. For example, Deffenbacher, Oetting and DiGiuseppe (2002), in their review of empirically supported anger management interventions, fail to mention this aspect of dealing with the problem. This is despite the fact that cultivating feelings of compassion has the potential to be an important antidote for feelings of anger and aversion. Angry or greedy clients require assistance in developing positive qualities as part of the process of curbing negative ones when they try to transform how they approach ...