Compassion: Social Significance, Role in Healthcare and Psychological Effects

Pauline Grant (Editor)

Series: Psychology of Emotions, Motivations and Actions
BISAC: PSY013000



Volume 10

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Special issue: Resilience in breaking the cycle of children’s environmental health disparities
Edited by I Leslie Rubin, Robert J Geller, Abby Mutic, Benjamin A Gitterman, Nathan Mutic, Wayne Garfinkel, Claire D Coles, Kurt Martinuzzi, and Joav Merrick


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Compassion positively correlates to happiness and increases in psychological capabilities, as supported by a substantial body of research. The concept of compassion has been used in a diversity of fields, applications and motivations. The first chapter of this book attempts to theoretically suggest how compassionate and self-compassionate interventions can benefit both the patients and health practitioners, by 1. Investigating the relevance/importance of considering different cultural backgrounds and 2.

By introducing emergent findings on self-kindness and 3. By highlighting the significance of self-care. Authors’ of the other chapters examine pain, compassion and the importance of two-way motivational communication in the medical field between patient and physician and the positive correlation between compassion, and physiological and psychological health.
(Imprint: Nova)


Chapter One
The Psychological Benefits and Limitations of Compassion and Self-Compassion: A Review and Reflection on Current Theories and Interventions
Relevant to Health Care
(Michail Mantzios, Panagiotis Rentzelas, Helen Egan, Birmingham, England)

Chapter Two
Pain, Compassion and Motivational Communication
(Monique Camerlain, Geneviève Myhal, Community Rheumatologist, Research Associate, Clinique Médicale Belvédère, Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada)

Chapter Three
Untainted Compassion: Conceptualising a Tripod Model for Mental Wellness
(Fung Kei Cheng, Hong Kong, The People’s Republic of China)



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