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 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 "must read" article for self-compassion researchers!
Neff, K. D. (2016). The Self-Compassion Scale is a valid and theoretically coherent measure of self-compassion. Mindfulness, 7(1), 264-274.

Upcoming short workshops taught by Kristin Neff
Self-Acceptance: A Two-Day Intensive for the Brain, Body, Heart Feb. 6-7, San Diego, CA

This weekend is dedicated to cultivating self-acceptance, an essential quality for happiness and success. Hosted by Sounds True founder Tami Simon, this experiential workshop feature Dr. Kristin Neff and Dr. Kelly McGonigal. Come together in a beautiful seaside setting to explore the latest scientific research on self-acceptance—and learn transformative practices for treating yourself with kindness, honesty, and love.

Self-Compassion and Emotional Resilience April 6, Minneapolis, MN

This one-day workshop - sponsored by PESI - will help you learn how to treat yourself kindly, like you would a good friend you cared about. It will provide simple tools for responding in a warm, compassionate way whenever you are experiencing painful emotions, helping you to navigate your life with greater ease.  This course is relevant for the general public as well as to 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.

June 11-16 Shambala Mountain Center, Fort Collins, CO
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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 fulfilled life.

Self-Compassion Step by Step

Self-Compassion Step by Step

In this six-hour audio training, Dr. Neff offers guided meditations and informal practices to help you build a strong foundation of self-compassion in your daily life. CE hours 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


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