For years high self-esteem was seen to be the ultimate marker of psychological health. Although it’s problematic to judge yourself negatively, there are also problems with trying to judge yourself positively – narcissism, bullying, and unstable self-worth to name just a few. Self-compassion doesn’t involve judging yourself at all, it simply means relating to our imperfect selves with the same kindness, understanding and support we’d show to a good friend. Research supports that self-compassion is a healthier and more sustainable way to experience good feelings toward ourselves than self-esteem.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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