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March 2015

The Science of Self-Compassion, University of North Texas, Denton, TX

March 26, 2015
Unnamed Venue Denton, TX

This talk presents theory and research on self-compassion, which empirical literature has shown to be powerfully associated with psychological well-being. Dr. Neff will distinguish self-compassion from self-esteem, self-pity and self-indulgence, and discuss research indicating that self-compassion is a more powerful and effective motivational tool than self-criticism. Data from a randomized controlled trial will also be presented on the Mindful Self-Compassion program, an eight-week course developed in conjunction with Chris Germer that is designed to teach self-compassion skills.

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April 2015

The Science of Self-Compassion, York, PA

April 16, 2015
York College of Pennsylvania, 441 Country Club Road PA 17403 United States + Google Map

Co-sponsored by York College's Psychology Program and Cultural Series, this talk presents theory and research on self-compassion, which empirical literature has shown to be powerfully associated with psychological well-being.

Dr. Neff's talk will distinguish self-compassion from self-esteem, self-pity and self-indulgence, and discuss research indicating that self-compassion is a more powerful and effective motivational tool than self-criticism. Data from a randomized controlled trial will also be presented on the Mindful Self-Compassion program, an eight-week course developed in conjunction with Chris Germer that is designed to teach self-compassion skills.

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October 2015

Texas Conference for Women

October 15, 2015 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Dr. Kristin Neff will be part of a panel discussion titled "Optimize Your Stress and Improve Your Wellbeing." There’s no getting around it – in our 24/7 world, stress is something that all of us live with daily. But, how we perceive and respond to stress varies and it’s this reaction that affects our physical and emotional health. Experts will share their tools and insights for how to manage stress, enhance resiliency and access innate well-being through nutrition, self-compassion, mindfulness and preventative self-care. Prepare to leave with renewed clarity and fresh resources to help you live a better and more balanced life.

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Public Talk Amherst College, MA

October 21, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Dr. Neff will give a 90 minutes presentation on "The Science of Self-Compassion." For many years self-esteem was seen to be the key to psychological health. More recently, however, researchers have identified several downsides to the pursuit of self-esteem such as narcissism, ego-defensiveness, social comparisons, and the contingency and instability of self-worth. Research suggests that self-compassion is a healthier way of relating to oneself, offering the benefits of self-esteem without its downsides. Self-compassion involves treating ourselves kindly, like we would a close friend we cared about. Rather than making global 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. It motivates us to make needed changes in our lives not because we’re worthless or inadequate, but because we care about ourselves and want to lessen our suffering. This talk will present theory and research on self-compassion, which a burgeoning empirical literature has shown to be powerfully associated with psychological wellbeing. It will distinguish self-compassion from self-esteem, and discuss research indicating that self-compassion is a more powerful and effective motivational tool than self-criticism. A brief self-compassion practice will also be taught that can be used in daily life.

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February 2016

Keynote talk at the Bridging the Hearts & Minds of Youth conference, San Diego

February 27, 2016

Explore Mindfulness & Compassion with Youth during the 5th Annual Bridging the Hearts & Minds of Youth, February 26-28, 2016, sponsored by the University of San Diego Center for Mindfulness

Targeted to educators, healthcare providers, psychotherapists, researchers and administrators of programs providing care and education to youth. Participants will:

Learn mindfulness skills, practices and programs that you share with youth in nearly any setting. Hear from experts already bringing mindfulness to youth in schools, clinics, neighborhoods and hospitals.  Connect with like-minded educators, clinicians and researchers to build resources and networks of support.  Get up to speed on the latest research findings and projects, and find out how you can contribute.  Expand your horizons around how you might bring mindfulness to bear on the challenges of your community or population.  And finally, enjoy all the benefits that San Diego has to offer in mid-winter!

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