A Business Case for Compassion


  • Lydia Miller The Psychiatry and Therapy Centre Middlesex University Dubai


compassion in business, workplace wellbeing, leadership,


Compassion involves being sensitive to suffering in ourselves and others with a motivation to alleviate this suffering (Gilbert, 2009). It is used as one of many strategies that can generate positive wellbeing in a number of environments. Compassion has been used in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) as a psychotherapeutic tool for a myriad of difficulties (Gilbert, 2009, 2010; Welford, 2016). Recently, attention has been turned to how compassion can be of benefit to the workplace and business world. In this conference workshop, participants will learn of what compassion consists, how and in what way it applies to workplaces, and short strategies that can be used to boost compassion at work. 

Author Biography

Lydia Miller, The Psychiatry and Therapy Centre Middlesex University Dubai

Lydia Miller is a Psychotherapist, currently practicing in The Psychiatry and Therapy Centre in Dubai Healthcare City (UAE). Lydia also lectures in Psychology at Middlesex University, Dubai.  Her specialisation lies within Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for depression and anxiety disorders; however, she has an avid interest in what has been called second and third wave therapies across cognitive behavioural and positive psychology models; namely, Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Lydia also has expertise in employee wellbeing and the integration of compassion into the business environment. She has a BSc in Criminology and Psychology and an MSc in Psychology.



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How to Cite

Miller, L. (2018). A Business Case for Compassion. Middle East Journal of Positive Psychology, 4, 25–28. Retrieved from https://www.middleeastjournalofpositivepsychology.org/index.php/mejpp/article/view/71