[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 Dr. Chris Germer has taught, 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.

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. During this 6-hour workshop, taking place two Tuesdays, Sep. 13th and 20th, 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.

“When something goes wrong, including when shame happens, compassion first. And when we do this, then paradoxically, shame loses its grip.”

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.