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 Chris Germer, affiliated with Harvard Medical School, is called Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC). Her book, Self-Compassion, was published by William Morrow in April, 2011.


Self-Compassion for Professionals, Parents and Caregivers

Los Angeles, CA  |  Available for viewing as a webinar

 April 9, 2015  |  9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

This workshop will present theory and research on self-compassion, which burgeoning empirical literature has shown to be powerfully associated with psychological wellbeing. Data will be presented indicating that self-compassion is a powerful source of emotional resilience, reducing depression and stress while boosting happiness, physical health and creating better interpersonal relationships.This workshop will help professionals, caregivers, and parents learn simple tools for responding in a kind, compassionate way whenever they are experiencing difficult emotions. We will also learn how to motivate ourselves with self-compassion rather than self-criticism and why this is actually more effective.  Practices will be introduced to help ease caregiver stress and to cultivate equanimity.

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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.

Self-Compassion book jacket

Self-Compassion by Kristin Neff

Self-Compassion 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.

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The Horse Boy: A Memoir of Healing

Kristin was featured in the award-winning book and documentary The Horse Boy, which chronicle her family’s adventure with autism, horses, and healing (see

Connect with Dr. Neff

Kristin Neff, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Human Development and Culture
Educational Psychology Department
The University of Texas at Austin
1912 Speedway, Stop D5800
Austin, TX 78712-1289