[Video] Dr. Chris Germer: “We would never feel shame if we didn’t wish to be loved.”

As many of us have experienced, shame can be a very intense, painful, and difficult emotion. But, as Chris Germer, PhD, co-founder of the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion, there is an antidote to shame: self-compassion.

In this 8-minute video, excerpted from his presentation at the 2022 Compassion in Therapy Summit, Dr. Germer offers heart-opening insight into how shame is an innocent emotion arising from the universal wish to be loved. Recognizing this, he says, opens the door to self-compassion, which can then be practiced and cultivated as a profound way of alleviating shame.

Join Chris Germer, PhD,  for a live online workshop on Self-Compassion: An Antidote to Shame! 

On November 1 & 9, Dr. Germer will lead a live 6-hour, online, experiential workshop on Self-Compassion: An Antidote to Shame. The sessions will include talks, meditation, research, exercises, and discussion. Learn more and register here >>

Coming up! Self-Compassion: An Antidote to Shame

If you’d like to go deeper in learning how to alleviate shame through self-compassion, we encourage you to check out Dr. Chris Germer’s upcoming workshop Self-Compassion: An Antidote to Shame through the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion. During this 6-hour workshop, taking place November 1 & 9, participants will gain a science-based understanding of shame, and learn how to apply self-compassion to meet and transform shame in everyday life. Therapists will also learn how to teach simple and powerful self-compassion practices to clients.

Learn more and register for the online workshop here>>

About Chris Germer

Chris Germer, PhD is a clinical psychologist and lecturer on psychiatry (part-time) at Harvard Medical School. He co-developed the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program with Kristin Neff in 2010 and MSC has since been taught to over 100,000 people worldwide. They co-authored two books on MSC, The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook and Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program.

Chris spends most of his time lecturing and leading workshops around the world on mindfulness and self-compassion. He is also the author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion; he co-edited two influential volumes on therapy, Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy; and he maintains a small private practice in Arlington, Massachusetts, USA.