Reading a fantastic book at the moment called 'The Compassionate Mind'. It really resonates with what is going on for me and a lot of people around me at the moment.
I'm literally going to copy the blurb on the back....
'In societies that encourage us to compete with each other, compassion is often seen as a weakness. Striving to get ahead, self-criticism, fear and hostility towards others seems to come more naturally to us.
The Compassionate Mind explains the evolutionary and social reasons why our brains react so readily to threats - and reveals how our brains are also hardwired to respond to compassion and kindness.
Research has found that developing kindness and compassion for ourselves and others builds our confidence, helps us create meaningful, caring relationships and promotes physical and mental health. Far from fostering emotional weakness, practical exercise focusing on developing compassion have been found to subdue our anger and increase our courage and resilience to depression and anxiety.'
Really fascinating and so useful for understanding why we (some of us) constantly beat ourselves up.
I've only just started reading it and haven't got to the exercises yet but hoping they'll be helpful in sessions with my clients.