Christopher K. Germer

The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions Publication date : May 7, 2013

Christopher K. Germer is a clinical psychologist in private practice and a professor of clinical psychology at Harvard Medical School. He is one of the founding members of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, in Newton, Massachusetts.

‘Buck up!’ ‘Stop feeling sorry for yourself.’ ‘Don’t ruin everything.’ ‘Hurry up! Move on!’ ‘Stop being so pathetic.’ ‘Come on, you’re not even trying!’
Deep inside, we can all hear this demanding, self-critical voice offering a running commentary on everything we do, condemning our errors, emphasising our imperfections and decrying our weaknesses.
What would happen if we silenced that voice which is of no help at all, especially in the most difficult moments?
What would happen if, instead, we learned to be compassionate towards ourselves and to treat ourselves with the kindness and gentleness that we normally reserve for others?

• An introduction to self-compassion through mindfulness
• The French edition is prefaced by the eminent psychiatrist Christophe André
• A practical book containing exercises and strategies for putting self-compassion into practice and to learn to live at peace with oneself
• Numerous testimonials with comments on the practice of self-compassion