Self-compassion involves treating ourselves kindly, like we would a close friend. Rather than making evaluations of ourselves as “good” or “bad,” self-compassion involves generating kindness toward ourselves as imperfect humans and learning to be present with the inevitable struggles of life with greater ease.
Led by Dr. Kristin Neff, associate professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, this talk will present theory and research on self-compassion, which empirical literature has shown to be powerfully associated with psychological wellbeing. Ways to increase self-compassion will also be discussed.
Kristin Neff is a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research, conducting the first empirical study on self-compassion more than a decade and a half ago.
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When we feel compassion for ourselves and others, we realize that suffering, failure, and imperfection are part of the shared human experience. Leading with self-compassion is the first step toward creating a kinder world. Instead of mercilessly judging and criticizing yourself for various inadequacies or shortcomings, self-compassion means you show yourself kindness and understanding when confronted with personal failings—after all, who ever said you were supposed to be perfect?
After decades of research, Kristin Neff is an expert on the positive impacts the practice of self-compassion can have on ourselves and our society. Join Kristin to learn more about her research, her life, and how self-compassion can make our world a better place.
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In October there will be a landmark conference on Omega that brings together the five major empirically supported intervention approaches for teaching compassion – Mindful Self-Compassion, Compassion Focused Therapy, Compassion Cultivation Training, Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living and Cognitively-Based Compassion Training.
• Explore current research on the link between compassion and well-being
• Explore the relationship between compassion and self-compassion
• Explore the most current research on teaching compassion