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Discovering self-compassion and actively practicing it leads to healthier lifestyles with less symptoms of depression and anxiety. This book is very informative and inspires to start living a self compassionate way of life.

Self-Compassion

Self-Compassion

by Dr. Kristin Neff

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Discovering Self Compassion

Distorting Mirrors

  • Ignoring flaws and blaming issues on someone else

Cost of Self Judgment

  • Can't always feel good about ourselves so we are hard on ourselves leading to emotional pain

Another Way

  • Stop judging and evaluating ourselves all to...

KRISTIN NEFF

I realized that self-compassion was the perfect alternative to the relentless pursuit of self-esteem. Why? Because it offers the same protection against harsh self-criticism as self-esteem, but without the need to see ourselves as perfect or as better than others. In o...

Three Components Of Self Compassion

  1. Self-Kindness: be gentle and understanding with ourselves
  2. Common Humanity: feeling connected with others
  3. Mindfulness: hold our experience in balanced awareness

Benefits Of Self Compassion

  • Emotional resilience
  • Higher self compassion leads to less feelings of anxiety and depression
  • "Mindfulness allows us to see that our negative thoughts and emotions are just that—thoughts and emotions—not necessarily reality. They are therefore given less weight—they are observ...

Recognizing Emotions

"Research shows that people with higher levels of self-compassion are significantly less likely to suppress unwanted thoughts and emotions than those who lack self-compassion. They’re more willing to experience their difficult feelings and to acknowledge that their emotions are valid and importan...

KRISTIN NEFF

This is a moment of suffering. Suffering is part of life. May I be kind to myself in this moment. May I give myself the compassion I need.

MANTRA FOR NEGATIVE EMOTIONS

Research on motivation consistently found that self-confidence directly impacts our abilities to reach our goals.

Self-criticism can harm abilities to do our best. When we put ourselves down, we lose faith in ourselves.

Self compassion is more effective a motivator than criticism beca...

KRISTIN NEFF

There’s also evidence that having compassion for yourself is related to having compassion for others in certain contexts. For instance, a recent study found that self-compassionate individuals have different goals in their friendships than those who lack self-compassio...

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