Compassion-focused therapy: Preface and introduction for special section

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This editorial presents the summary of the articles which were featured in this issue of British Journal of Clinical Psychology. The first article in this special edition on compassion-focused therapy (CFT) provides an overview of the basic psychological science that underpins the CFT model, including an exploration of social mentality theory and the significance of different evolved emotion regulation systems, especially those underpinning affiliation (Gilbert, 2014). The second article is by Gumley, Braehler, and Macbeth (2014) who explore the roles of affiliation in psychosis. People with these experiences can be especially vulnerable to feelings of isolation and internal states of hostility. Increasing interest is focused on one of the core hormones that underpin affiliation (oxytocin), and they offer an extensive review of this work. The article highlights the importance of thinking about and promoting affiliative processes in people with these difficulties. CFT is a scientist practitioner model with a focus on affiliative psychology which has potential implications for a range of human activities. Only with careful research can we build on our knowledge base for the benefit of all. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2014 APA, all rights reserved)

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