Compassion is the feeling we get when we want to do something to help others who are suffering. In CBCT® (Cognitively-Based Compassion Training), compassion is described as a caring and warm concern that arises when we see others in pain and feel motivated to alleviate it. CBCT® provides a complete way to learn and practice compassion, using teachings that come from ancient traditions and are backed by scientific research in fields like biology, psychology, and neuroscience. CBCT was developed as a program so that anyone can learn and improve their skills of kindness and understanding.
“CBCT has given me a chance to reevaluate the purpose and current trajectory of my life. It has pointed my nose in a direction allowing me to become who I might hope to be – or at least give it my best shot!”
– CBCT Practitioner, 2022
Recent research in the field of compassion science has shown that compassion training can lead to improved resilience and well-being. Numerous studies have indicated that compassion training can reduce stress hormones and strengthen the immune response. It has also been found to decrease overthinking, activate pleasure centers in the brain, increase self-reported happiness, promote more optimistic and supportive communication, and act as a remedy for burnout. CBCT® is a widely studied compassion training program that has been found to significantly decrease stress biomarkers, inflammatory response, depression, feelings of loneliness, and symptoms of PTSD.
There are eight modules in CBCT® that each focus on enhancing a specific skill or understanding related to compassion. These modules serve as the building blocks for compassion to grow and develop naturally. They follow a sequential order, with each module building upon the foundation set by the previous ones.