Evolutionary approaches to mental health

Lectures given at the recent Second Evolutionary Psychiatry Symposium that took place at RCPsych in London on 12 January 2018.

You can access the full range of the speaker slides for all the presentations on EPSIG here:

Compassion for the Dark Side

Here is a link to the recent talk Professor Paul Gilbert gave on “Compassion for the Dark Side”, whilst he was visiting the University of Queensland (UQ) in November 2017. Paul Gilbert holds an Honorary Professorship at UQ.

It is a fascinating talk and covers a whole wide range of themes.

What's the connection between Mindfulness, Compassion & Lucid Dreaming?

Professor Paul Gilbert’s 2nd Inaugural Lecture, University of Derby

In December 2015, Derby University welcomed their Visiting Professor of Clinical Psychology, Paul Gilbert OBE to give his second Inaugural Lecture.  Aiming to highlight the serious problems that humanity has with its own brain, Prof Gilbert h...

Prof Paul Gilbert - The Fears of Compassion

New Perspectives on Compassion Across the Disciplines

Moderated by  Dr Yotam Heineberg,  John Gillies, MA, FRCGP, FRCPE, OBE, Paul Gilbert, PhD, FBPsS, OBE, Monica Worline, PhD and Anne Birgitta Pessi, PhD CCARE provided short presentations of new work on a variety of perspectives on compassion, including neuroscience, health care, psychology and business.

Compassion for Voices: a tale of courage and hope

A film about the compassionate approach to relating with voices, with potential for use as a therapeutic, educational, and de-stigmatising tool.

Professor Paul Gilbert – Podcast with the OCD Stories

The Science of Compassion: Origins, Measures, and Interventions by Dr Chris Irons

Lectures from the UK: Dr. Paul Gilbert Presenting Core Tenets of Compassion Focused Therapy

Dr. Gilbert highlights the basis CFT as rooted in psycho-physiological research, and its relevance to self compassion. Dr. Gilbert then relates these ideas to healing, as well as cognitive behavioral work with various forms of suffering. Dr. Gilbert concludes his presentation by leading students through mindfulness, compassion visualization and attention practices; focused on the cultivation of the resilient compassionate self, via conduits of compassion towards self and others.


Chris Irons - Our Motivation Systems - Empathy and Compassion in Society 2013

Facing Shame

This is a short film exploring the divergent manifestations of shame with a glimpse of how we might use ourselves as an antidote and a way out towards hope. This film has been inspired by the work of the Compassionate Mind Foundation to help shame prone people discover the capacity for self compassion.

The case for compassion at the heart of clinical psychology - Professor Paul Gilbert

Professor Paul Gilbert speaking at 2014 Division of Clinical Psychology annual conference in Glasgow. For more information about DCP events visit the DCP website



Workshop Part 1: Dr. Paul Gilbert for CCARE at Stanford University

Confidence Interview with Paul Gilbert and Rick Hanson

In this interview, learn from Paul Gilbert and Rick Hanson how to grow a sense of self-worth, keep a friendly relationship with yourself, be honest without being critical, and stop undermining your own confidence.

Workshop Part 2: Dr. Paul Gilbert for CCARE at Stanford University

Engaging Client with Compassionate Mind Training: Techniques

By Professor Paul Gilbert and Lily Williams

The voices in my head

To all appearances, Eleanor Longden was just like every other student, heading to college full of promise and without a care in the world. That was until the voices in her head started talking. Initially innocuous, these internal narrators became increasingly antagonistic and dictatorial, turning her life into a living nightmare. Eleanor tells the moving tale of her years-long journey back to mental health, and makes the case that it was through learning to listen to her voices that she was able to survive.

Compassion Based Therapy - Interview

Wendy Wood talks to Dr Christopher Germer, Dr Kristin Neff and Professor Paul Gilbert about the development of Compassion Based Therapy. 


Workshop Part 3: Dr. Paul Gilbert for CCARE at Stanford University

Shrink Rap Radio Interview #547 with Paul Gilbert PhD on Compassion Focused Therapy

Embedding and Assessing Compassion on the University Curriculum

In this film, university academics from a range of disciplines set out why the science of compassion is making an impact on how group work in universities can be run - and why assessing students use of compassionate micro skills in group work is rational, practical and ethical. Students demonstrate the skills, in action, in their discussion group work,showing some typical problematic behaviours - taking over, or not contributing - and how these can be disrupted, often non verbally.

Statistical evidence, analysed by three UK universities, indicates how putting compassion on the university curricula enhances not just student wellbeing. It is also impacting students' academic performance, compared to students in control groups. The film shows how allocating credit (for use of compassionate micro skills) towards degree attainment, is supported by a growing body of research in a range of fields and disciplines.

2016 conference preview: Prof Daniel Siegel and Prof Paul Gilbert

The Compassionate Mind Foundation 2016 Conference "Compassion: Integrating Body, Mind & Culture" takes place 19-21 October. Watch Prof Daniel Siegel and Prof Paul Gilbert discussing their workshop and keynote - compassion and the integration of mind.

Workshop Part 4: Dr. Paul Gilbert for CCARE at Stanford University

BDD Conference 2016: Keynote – Compassion Focused Therapy Approaches to Body Shame – Paul Gilbert

The Second International Conference on Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) was held at the Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK on 26 November 2016. This is from the keynote speech this year was delivered by Professor Paul Gilbert, who addressed the topic of Compassion Focused Therapy Approaches to Body Shame.

BDD Conference 2016: Workshop: Practical Application of Compassion to Body Shame - Professor Paul Gilbert

The Second International Conference on Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) was held at the Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK on 26 November 2016. This video is from the workshop where Professor Paul Gilbert speaks about the practical applications of Compassion Focused Therapy Approaches to Body Shame.

How was CFT was developed......


In this episode Paul Gilbert, a clinical psychologist and author of the Compassionate Mind talks to us about compassion and how he came to develop Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). Among the topics discussed are its practical applications, Jungian archetypes, the role of values, the Middle Way, mindfulness and the complexity of forgiveness.


Growing and Sustaining Compassion in Health Care

Meng Wu Lecture


Paul Gilbert, Ph.D., presenting his talk, Compassion Focused Therapy, at a Meng Wu Lecture


Prof Paul Crawford "3 P's of Compassion"

A podcast by Paul Crawford for the first East Midlands Compassion in Health Care Conference on 1st May 2015.

Dr Paul Gilbert & Dr Yotam Heineberg - Why We Choose Compassion and Why We Don’t

The Science of Compassion-an Action for Happiness by Professor Paul Gilbert

Professor Paul Gilbert explores the science of compassion and how we can put this into practice to create happier lives - for ourselves and others around us. This talk was filmed at an Action for Happiness event in London on 18 April 2017. 

Strengthening the Mind through The Power of Self-Compassion- Professor Paul Gilbert

Professor Paul Gilbert gave a talk in Lismore on strengthening the mind through the power of self-compassion.

Webinar 'Self-criticism and autoimmunity' with Professor Paul Gilbert and Dr. Anna Huysse

How Mindfulness Fosters Compassion

For the Greater Good Science Center Paul explores how awareness of how our own minds work can help break negative thought patterns and help us to become more compassionate.

DCP 2015: Tragedies of the Human Mind - Professor Paul Gilbert

At DCP 2015 Monte Shapiro Award lecture  Profressor Paul Gilbert explores tragedies of the human mind: the role of clinical psychology science in putting compassion and prosociality at the heart of human behaviour.

Love, compassion and ethics - a dialogue with the Dalai Lama at Happiness & Its Causes 2015

Witness a unique dialogue between the Dalai Lama and a panel of world leading scientists and educators fostering ethical, loving and compassionate global citizens. The Dalai Lama and Richard Fidler are joined by: Professor Barbara Fredrickson, USA, acclaimed positive emotions researcher and best-selling author of Positivity and Love 2.0, Professor Paul Gilbert OBE, UK, pioneering compassion researcher and initiator of Compassion Focused Therapy, Dr Sue Knight, chief evaluator of the Primary Ethics trial in NSW schools and Charlie Scudamore, Vice Principal at Geelong Grammar School

Paul Gilbert and Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy & Compassion

Paul Gilbert in conversation with Mick O'Regan

At the launch of Compassionate Minds Australia in Byron Bay 16th June 2015. See more at:



Empathy and Compassion