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 fulfilled life.
Kristin Neff, Ph.D. is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on self-compassion, being the first one to operationally define and measure the construct 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 in daily life, co-created with her colleague Dr. Chris Germer, called Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC). Her book, Self-Compassion, was published by William Morrow in April, 2011.
NEW! Self-Compassion with Kristin Neff & Brené Brown
This online workshop brings together two of today's leading thinkers in how to live an open-hearted life and embrace our imperfections with kindness. The Self-Compassion workshop combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance our capacity for emotional wellbeing. This four-lesson course, co-facilitated by Dr. Kristin Neff and Dr. Brené Brown, provides valuable tools that can help you integrate self-compassion into your daily life. Together, we will walk through exercises that teach us to be compassionate to ourselves in times of struggle. The course can be completed at your own pace and is available on May 16, 2016. Use the promo code KINDNESS to receive a 20% discount!
Upcoming two day Core Skills workshops taught by Kristin Neff and Chris Germer
Participants of this two-day workshop will learn the core skills of the 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) training, taught by its creators. MSC is an empirically-supported program designed to cultivate self-compassion using meditation, daily life practices, lecture, group exercises and discussion. Self-compassion is an emotional skill that can be learned by anyone. You will be provided with essential tools for treating yourself in a kind, compassionate way whenever you suffer, fail, or feel inadequate. These practices can be instrumental to mental health practitioners both for their own self-care as well as helping clients. This workshop is relevant for the general public as well as practicing mental health professionals.------
Upcoming MSC Intensives taught by Kristin Neff and Chris Germer
An MSC intensive is a 5-day residential program that offers a condensed form of the internationally recognized, eight-session Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) training developed by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff. It is open to laypeople and professionals alike. Participants will learn to: understand the science of self-compassion, practice self-compassion in daily life, motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism, meet difficult emotions with greater ease, transform challenging relationships, learn tools to manage caregiver fatigue, and teach simple self-compassion practices to others. This program fulfills the pre-requisite for MSC teacher training.
TEDx Talk: The difference between self-compassion and 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.
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. Similarly, she cannot give advice to students about potential research projects.