Respecting concern communicated within humanistic psychology, the review primarily aimed to carefully compare studies exploring Compassion-Based Mindfulness Interventions (CBMI) to establish the differential multidimensional psychological emotional effects of the human experience in relation to emotional regulation. Although a wealth of empirical research has been conducted into mindfulness, the link between mindfulness and emotional regulation remains ambiguous (Hill & Updegraff, 2012). Capturing recent scholarly attention, self-compassion has demonstrated to be healthy mechanism for emotional regulation (Neff, 2003). Given the inherent positive nature of compassion as a self-regulatory tool, compassion cultivating protocols have seen investigation within the Positive Psychological arena. Studies reviewed incorporate qualitative and quantitative methods which enabled a deeper understanding of emotional regulation in relation to compassion. A range of databases were searched and six articles were reviewed strongly indicating emotional regulation follows a specific sequence. This sequence appears to promote positive psychological states offering promising use for positive orientated therapists wishing to incorporate CBMI within client sessions. Recommendations for future research are discussed.
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