This website provides information about self-compassion,
and is intended for students, researchers, and the general public.
Dr. Kristin Neff is an Associate Professor in Human Development and Culture, Educational Psychology Department, University of Texas at Austin.
Kristin at TEDx
The Space Between Self-Esteem and Self Compassion:
What is Self-Compassion
The Book & Step by Step Audio Training Course
The relentless search for high self-esteem has become a virtual religion; and a tyrannical one at that. Our competitive culture tells us we need to be special and above average to feel good about ourselves, but we can’t all be above average at the same time. There is always someone richer, more attractive, or successful than we are. And even when we do manage to feel self-esteem for one golden moment, we can’t hold on to it. Our sense of self-worth bounces around like a ping-pong ball, rising and falling in lock-step with our latest success or failure.
Fortunately, there is an alternative to self-esteem that many psychologists believe is a better and more effective path to happiness: self-compassion.
Learn how to practice skills of self-compassion in this new 6 session audio training program (available as CDs or audio downloads, CE credits available). In six sessions of teaching, 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. With exercises drawn from the empirically supported Mindful Self-Compassion Training program developed by Kristin Neff and Chris Germer, this program will help you learn:
- how to stop being so hard on yourself