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The Role of Self-compassion in Negative self-perception and Emotional dysregulation in C-PTSD

Mood Disorders Centre Think Tank Seminar Series

A Mood Disorders Centre seminar
Date18 February 2022
Time12:00 to 13:00
PlaceThe Sir Henry Wellcome Building for Mood Disorders Research

Our guest speaker is Pranati Misurya from the University of Exeter


The recently introduced diagnosis of Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD) into the ICD-11 provides a wider conceptualization of posttraumatic stress which not only includes the main symptoms of PTSD but also an additional set of symptoms collectively referred to as the ‘Disturbances in Self-Organization’. These symptoms which include affect dysregulation (hypoactivation & hyperactivation), negative self-perception and disturbances in relationships are more frequently observed in those surviving childhood trauma and are hypothesized to affect individuals’ responses to NICE-recommended trauma-focused psychological therapies.Understanding psychological variables that specifically target disturbances in self-organization is therefore important for extending and refining treatment approaches for CPTSD. There is emerging evidence which points to the important role of self-compassion as a protective factor. Self-compassion, a concept drawn from Buddhist Psychology, is best conceptualized as a positive and healthy attitude extended towards the self. It is associated with several positive mental health functions as well as with reduced severity of PTSD symptoms. However, there exists only a limited understanding of the role of self-compassion in CPTSD and its distinct symptoms of emotional dysregulation, negative self-perception, and disturbances in relationships.

To understand the link between self-compassion and CPTSD, I first examine the association between the variables with the help of a cross-sectional study. This would be followed by a qualitative study with participants that helps develop a greater understanding of the concept of self-compassion for them including an understanding of the barriers and facilitators that are involved in the practice of self-compassion. In the final study, I seek to design an experimental study focused to increase self-compassion amongst the participants involving the activation of support-giving schemas.

Keywords: Self-compassion, Complex PTSD, Emotional dysregulation, Negative self-perception.

OrganizerMood Disorders Centre

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