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Culture of Empathy Builder:  Dennis Tirch

Dennis Tirch & Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy & Compassion

Dennis Tirch is a compassion focused psychologist specializing in the practice of awakening.  He is Associate Director, American Institute for Cognitive Therapy as well as, Founder and Director of The Center for Mindfulness and Compassion Focused Therapy. The center practices a range of cognitive and behavioral methods, such as Compassion Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy .

We held a wide ranging discussion about how to foster empathy and compassion in society.  Dennis is author of: The Compassionate Mind Approach to Overcoming Anxiety. "There are many factors that contribute to developing a mind that is prone to intense anxiety, and if you have such a mind, there are many things you can do to change the way it works. Research has shown that practicing kindness and compassion soothes experiences of fear, while self-critical thoughts tend to intensify them."






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