In yesterday’s post I dipped into the world of verbal abuse. Being witness to it on so many levels has left me feeling the need for an antidote. Whilst delving into what to write, the words ‘compassion in action’ popped into my head. Imagine my surprise when I found that it’s a real ‘thing’, not just a whisper in my head.
Professor Paul Gilbert, a British clinical psychologist featured in the short video below, briefly explores the science of compassion. This link will take you to a longer discussion about his research. Lasting an 1hr 17mins it is well worth listening to.
Compassion, he says, is made up of two psychologies – sensitivity to the suffering/distress of self and others with a deep commitment to try to relieve and prevent it.
Before retirement he was the head of the Mental Health Research Unit in Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. He is the founder compassion focused therapy, and compassionate mind training. Well, I never!
Compassion International is an organisation dedicated to releasing children from living in poverty.
And on a local level, compassion in action is surely present in acts small and large if we just open our eyes to see.
Be compassion in action