75. Mindful Self-Compassion with Christopher Germer

Self-compassion is a hot topic in psychology. It predicts everything from emotional resilience to therapy outcome. The exciting news is, with practice, you can increase your self-compassion. In this episode, Dr. Christopher Germer, pioneer in self-compassion and co-founder of the Mindful Self-Compassion Program, discusses:

  • His personal struggle that led him to self-compassion
  • How being kinder to yourself impacts your well-being
  • Common fears about self-compassion that keep us stuck in self-criticism
  • How self-compassion benefits your romantic partnerships

Our podcast has dedicated a number of episodes to compassion for a reason. Increasing self compassion and compassion for others, may just be the key to your well-being. It is an honor today to have Dr. Christopher Germer, leader in the integration of mindfulness in therapy and co-developer of the international Mindful Self Compassion Program onto our show. Diana has been studying his work for a number of years, and it was a joy for her to interview him in person. It is a rare occasion to learn directly from an expert so wise and personally grounded in his work. In this episode, Diana and Dr. Germer dive into “Self-Compassion 101” while also exploring how they practice self-compassion on and off the couch. Diana also demonstrates an exercise she learned from Dr. Germer at a recent couples retreat. So, open your heart and take a listen!


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Mindful Self-Compassion Program

Upcoming Workshops with Dr. Christopher Germer

The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion by Christopher Germer

The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook by Kristen Neff and Christopher Germer

About Dr. Christopher Germer:

Chris Germer, PhD is a clinical psychologist in private practice and lecturer on psychiatry (part-time) at Harvard Medical School. He teaches on the faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, both based in Cambridge, MA. He is a co-developer (with Kristin Neff) and popular teacher of the Mindful Self-Compassion program (which has been taught to over 50,000 people around the world), author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, co-author of The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook (which is consistently the #3 book in Social work on Amazon since it’s release) and co-editor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy.His newest book, for professionals, Teaching the Mindful Self Compassion Program will be released in Summer 2019.


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Episode 75