Kristin Neff, Self-Compassion ResearcherKristin Neff, Ph.D. is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on self-compassion, being the first one to define and conduct research on the topic over a decade ago. In addition to her pioneering research into self-compassion, she has developed an eight-week program to teach self-compassion skills. The program, co-created with her colleague Dr. Chris Germer, is called Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC). Her book, Self-Compassion, was published by William Morrow in April, 2011.


Upcoming Workshops

This one-day workshop will provide tools for responding in a kind, compassionate way whenever we feel feel inadequate or experience painful emotions. Sponsored by Austin in Connection

Mindful Self-Compassion: Core Skills Training, Los Angeles, CA

This two-day workshop presented by Kristin Neff and Michelle Becker offers the core skills of the 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) training, an empirically-supported program designed to cultivate self-compassion in daily life.  Sponsored by Insight LA

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Self-Compassion Videos

TEDx Talk: The difference between self-compassion and self-esteem

self-compassion, Part I

Self-Compassion, Part 1

Self Compassion Part 2: Self-Kindness

Self-Compassion, Part 2: Self-Kindness

Self-Compassion, Part 3: Common Humanity

Self-Compassion, Part 3: Common Humanity

Self-Compassion, Part 4: Mindfulness

Self-Compassion, Part 4: Mindfulness

Self-Compassion vs. Self-Esteem video

Self-Compassion, Part 5: Self-Compassion vs. Self-Esteem


Mindful Self-Compassion combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion, providing a powerful tool for emotional resilience. A randomized controlled trial demonstrated that MSC significantly increased self-compassion, compassion for others, mindfulness, and life satisfaction, as well as decreased depression, anxiety and stress. Visit the Center for Mindful Self Compassion to learn more about MSC and how it can help you have a healthier relationship to yourself.

For more information about the MSC teacher training program, please contact the University of California at San Diego Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute.

Self-Compassion book jacket


This entertaining book offers expert advice on how to limit self-criticism and offset its negative effects, enabling you to achieve your highest potential and a more contented, fulfilled life.

Self-Compassion Step by Step

Self-Compassion Step by Step

In this six-hour audio training, Dr. Neff offers guided meditations, experiential practices, and on-the-spot techniques to help you build a strong foundation of self-compassion in your daily life.

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Self-Compassion and Emotional Resilience

In this video of a daylong workshop offered by Dr. Neff, a variety of tools are provided to help increase self-compassion in daily life. Continuing Education credits available.

Connect with Dr. Neff

Kristin Neff, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Human Development and Culture

Educational Psychology Department, The University of Texas at Austin


Please note that Dr. Neff cannot give advice about people's personal lives