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'People want to help you. Let them': how to be compassionate in a crisis

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'People want to help you. Let them': how to be compassionate in a crisis
In times of tragedy and trauma, we need compassion to get us through. But what do we mean by compassion? It is different from kindness and empathy, although these are ways of being compassionate. Our clinical work has led us to define compassion as the motivation to engage with distress and suffering and work to find ways to alleviate and prevent it.

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Being compassionate in times of crisis

Being compassionate in times of crisis

We are all facing more than just one danger currently. Not only do we have to stay in self-isolation, but some of us have also already lost their jobs or started earning a smaller income. All of th...

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Self-compassion

Whenever you feel like you have not done enough under certain circumstances, try thinking about the reasons behind your decision. In other words, practice self-compassion towards yourself. 

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Learning is necessary for our success and personal growth

But we can’t maximize the time we spend learning because our feelings about what we ‘should’ be doing get in the way.

When our brains equate learning and work

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