Published online by Cambridge University Press: 16 November 2018
TED Talk by Dr Eleanor Longden: The Voices in My Head
Compassion-focused approaches are woven through the chapters in the book. They can be used to reduce distress associated with stigma and trauma, including the experience of distressing beliefs, voices and visions. Compassion-focused approaches can be used to notice and address worry, rumination and avoidance. Compassion-focused approaches can be used to deal with stress and reduce triggers, catastrophic appraisals and social isolation. Compassion can influence our thinking, belief development and beliefs about the future. Through connection/affiliation and soothing, social defeat and negative symptoms can be reduced. This can then enhance drive/motivation and the ability to engage in meaningful goals. Finally, compassion-focused approaches can be used to have a powerful positive effect on the individual experiencing psychosis, their family and carers, the health care system and ultimately society.