STANDARD DEVIATIONS PODCAST: Dr. Derek Griner – Compassion: Empathy in Action


This week on Standard Deviations with Dr. Daniel Crosby, Dr. Crosby is joined by Dr. Derek Griner, a psychologist, associate training director and clinical professor at Brigham Young University.

Derek Griner is a practicing board-certified counseling psychologist with significant CFT experience. His research focuses on diversity issues for which he received APA’s Division 17 award for excellence in scholarship.

Tune in to hear:

  • What lead Dr. Griner to focus his work and research around compassion specifically?
  • When clinicians like Dr. Griner talk about compassion, what are they talking about exactly and how might this differ from the popular conception of compassion?
  • How do we balance our desire to want to end someone’s suffering without falling into the trap of just wanting to fix everything or go directly to solutions?
  • What are some examples where compassion might look assertive, firm or even defiant?
  • How can we strike a balance between being service-driven and compassionate with meeting our own needs and self-compassion?
  • In his book Dr. Griner lays out six principles of compassion – what are a few of these and how did he arrive at them?
  • How might we apply the thought that “it’s not my fault, but it is my responsibility” in our daily lives?
  • What are the 3 emotional systems Dr. Griner lays out in his book and how do they interact?
  • Why is our “soothing system” typically the least developed of our 3 emotional systems?
  • For those who have particularly large red (anxiety system) or blue (motivation system) circles but malnourished green (soothing system) circles, how can they begin to cultivate this within themselves a bit more?
  • What is the relationship between self-compassion and compassion for others, and why is it often so hard to cut ourselves some slack?

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Educated at Brigham Young and Emory Universities, Dr. Daniel Crosby, the personality behind STANDARD DEVIATIONS podcast, is a psychologist and behavioral finance expert who helps organizations understand the intersection of mind and markets.

Dr. Crosby’s first book, Personal Benchmark: Integrating Behavioral Finance and Investment Management, was a New York Times bestseller. His second book, The Laws of Wealth, was named the best investment book of 2017 by the Axiom Business Book Awards and has been translated into Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese and German. His latest work, The Behavioral Investor, is an in-depth look at how sociology, psychology and neurology all impact investment decision-making.