Books

Below are brief descriptions of my books, as well as links to purchase these books online.

The Gifts of Compassion: How to Understand and Overcome Suffering.

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Stan Steindl takes us on a personal journey into the ups and downs of what it is to be human and reveals both the challenges and the joys of building one’s compassionate mind.
— Professor Paul Gilbert OBE, Founder of Compassion Focused Therapy


Life can be complicated. And sometimes, really very difficult. We may struggle with many common life challenges: in relationships, parenting,
and work, just to name a few. We can end up suffering from stress, anxiety, and depression, or loneliness, isolation or shame.


But did you know that a lot of that suffering comes from within? Rumination and self-criticism are uniquely human thought processes, developed over hundreds of thousands of years. Our brains evolved into an impressive and complex organ that helped us to survive a primitive world, and yet today may yell at us with harsh and hostile criticism, sometimes even over the smallest thing!


In fact, critical self-talk is very common. And it flies just under the radar of our conscious mind — condemning and undermining us with its inner voice. This book will show you how to do better — to turn anguish into delight through the use of our Compassionate Self.


Through a clear series of steps and practices, noted clinical psychologist Dr Stan Steindl explains how compassion evolved as a vital part of our nature and thought, and the way we look after one another, and even ourselves. He then shows how to use our compassion as a key to a healthier mental life.


With personal vignettes illustrating the therapeutic benefits of compassion focused therapy, practical exercises that use mindfulness and imagery to help us develop attention to the present moment, and a wealth of guidance on self-criticism, shame and forgiveness, this book can change your life.

The Gifts of Compassion: Personal Practice Workbook

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Smart and engaging, [The Gifts of Compassion] unpacks the science of compassion in a delightful way and shows how to bring compassion into our lives when we need it most. Don't miss the special topics on shame and forgiveness. Highly recommended!

--Dr Christopher Germer, Harvard Medical School, Author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion

This workbook is designed to accompany Stan Steindl's popular self-help book The Gifts of Compassion: How to understand and overcome suffering. Following the same chapter structure as the book, it presents a series of exercises and activities designed to deepen your understanding and practice of compassion for others, receiving compassion from others, and offering compassion to yourself and your own challenges and struggles.

Compassion in a T-Shirt: The First 35 Scripts!

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Ever wondered about compassion or self-compassion, and how to live a more compassionate life?

Compassion in a T-Shirt: The First 35 Scripts! by clinical psychologist and researcher Dr Stan Steindl provides easy to read, entertaining and practical information all about compassion and self-compassion, and cultivating the compassionate mind. Topics, such as "Let's Talk about Self-Compassion!", "What's the Difference between Compassion and Empathy?", and "Wishing Kindness and Compassion," are among this book's 35 brief and highly digestible chapters.

Compassion in a T-Shirt, from where this book was compiled, is Stan’s YouTube channel, where he discusses a whole host of topics and ideas related to compassion and self-compassion, as well as compassion focused therapy, an approach to psychological therapy developed by Professor Paul Gilbert and designed to help people cultivate their compassionate mind to assist with life’s difficulties.

This book offers a wealth of information and much food for thought for those who would like to incorporate kindness, wisdom, strength, care, helpfulness, commitment...and compassion and self-compassion...into their life.