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Memory. 2004 Jul;12(4):507-16.

A pilot exploration of the use of compassionate images in a group of self-critical people.

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Mental Health Research Unit, Kingsway Hospital, Derby, UK. p.gilbert@derby.ac.uk

Abstract

Self-criticism has long been associated with a variety of psychological problems and is often a key focus for intervention in psychotherapy. Recent work has suggested that self-critics have underelaborated and underdeveloped capacities for compassionate self-soothing and warmth. This pilot study developed a diary for monitoring self-attacking and self-soothing thoughts and images. It also explored the personal experiences of a group of volunteer self-critics from the local depression support group who were given training in self-soothing and self-compassion. Although using small numbers, this study suggests the potential value of developing more complex methodologies for studying the capacity for self-compassion, interventions to increase self-compassion (including imagery techniques), and their effects on mental health.

PMID:
15487546
DOI:
10.1080/09658210444000115
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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