The Compassionate Mind is your 18th book. What prompted you to write it?

Paul Gilbert is an author and professor of clinical psychology


My first degree was in economics and I was very interested in the link between economic conditions and people’s mental states. I also became interested in the Buddhists’ concepts of consciousness and their spiritual views, particularly those of compassion. The recognition that both our evolved minds and our social context shape us, and that we have less control over our minds than we think, is to me a call to compassion.


Does this book represent a convergence of different theories?