Dr. Paul Gilbert: Love Makes the World Go 'Round
Dr. Paul Gilbert is the creator of Compassion-Focused Therapy or CFT. CFT is a form of therapy that focuses on changing on not only on what a person thinks, but how they think. The problem that Paul noticed with other therapies was that when highly self-critical people tried to change how they think, they had an underlying self-critical tone to their thoughts. So that’s where Paul realized one of the problems with Cognitive Therapy: their thoughts are still cold and self-critical. What they need is warmth and love.
So he used compassion exercises that Buddhists used for thousands of years.
More information on Compassion-Focused Therapy can be found here.
In this interview we talk about what compassion and Compassion-Focused Therapy are, how do you develop compassion, and how do we make our society and institutions more compassionate.