alexa Fears of Compassion in a Depressed Population Implication for Psychotherapy

ISSN: 2167-1044

Journal of Depression and Anxiety

  • Research Article   
  • J Depress Anxiety 2014, Vol 0(0)
  • DOI: 10.4172/2167-1044.S2-003

Fears of Compassion in a Depressed Population Implication for Psychotherapy

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Received Date: Nov 30, -0001 / Accepted Date: Nov 30, -0001 / Published Date: May 13, 2014


Background: While psychological therapies for depression have advanced in the last 20 years, still many people respond only partially and remain vulnerable to relapse. Insight into the limitations of our psychological therapies might be obtained from recent research that has revealed, in nonclinical populations, that some people can be fearful of positive emotions especially affiliative and compassion-focused ones. Method: 53 depressed patients completed a series of self-report scales. Results: Fears of compassion, particularly for oneself and from others, were strongly linked to self-criticism, depression, anxiety and stress, and negatively associated with self-compassion and self-reassurance. Conclusions: Since compassion and the affiliative emotions associated with compassion play a fundamental role in emotion regulation, individuals who are blocked or fearful of accessing these emotions are likely to be struggle with emotional regulation and the psychotherapeutic process. Research on the fears of compassion and affiliative emotions suggests these are important therapeutic targets.

Keywords: Compassion, Depression, Anxiety and stress, Fears, Self-compassion, Self-criticism

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