Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind
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Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind

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by Kristin Neff
     
 

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Kristin Neff, Ph.D., says that it’s time to “stop beating yourself up and leave insecurity behind.” Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind 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

Overview

Kristin Neff, Ph.D., says that it’s time to “stop beating yourself up and leave insecurity behind.” Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind 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.

More and more, psychologists are turning away from an emphasis on self-esteem and moving toward self-compassion in the treatment of their patients—and Dr. Neff’s extraordinary book offers exercises and action plans for dealing with every emotionally debilitating struggle, be it parenting, weight loss, or any of the numerous trials of everyday living.  

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Through her encounters with eastern spirituality, Neff, an associate professor in human development at the University of Texas–Austin, began to understand that having compassion for oneself is as important as having compassion for others: "From the Buddhist point of view, you have to care about yourself before you can really care about other people." As Neff defines it, self-compassion has three core components: self-kindness, realizing one's common humanity, and mindfulness. Self-kindness means being gentle and understanding, rather than harshly critical of our own errors. The recognition of common humanity involves feeling connected to others rather than alienated by our suffering. Mindfulness requires "that we hold our experience in balanced awareness, rather than ignoring our pain or exaggerating it." While exploring these three components in depth, Neff weaves in events that inform her own life, such as the "precipice of despair" she felt while struggling emotionally with her son's autism. By sharing such personal anecdotes, Neff helps readers understand how self-compassion can aid them. Neff's compassionate tone makes Buddhist principles accessible, and exercises make them applicable in real life. (May)
Gloria Steinem
“A portable friend to all readers—especially but not only women—who need to learn that the Golden Rule works only if it’s reversible: We must learn to treat ourselves as well as we wish to treat others.”
Rosie O'Donnell
"A beautiful book that helps us all see the way to cure the world, one person at a time, starting with yourself. Read it and start the journey."
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
“An original and doable blueprint for improving the quality of your life.”
Brene Brown
"Neff’s powerful research and her ability to explain how self-compassion affects our everyday lives makes this book a transformative read."
Sharon Salzberg
“In this deeply personal, highly practical book, Kristin Neff moves the entire study of compassion forward.”
Steven Stosny
“This is an important book. Following its advice can free readers from the chains of self-criticism and replace them with the wings of self-encouragement.”
Tara Brach
“Drawing on a powerful blend of Western psychology and Eastern meditative strategies, Kristin Neff offers practical, wise guidance on the path of emotional healing and deep inner transformation.”
Daniel J. Siegel
“This book and its courageous and compassionate author will become essential reading for all of us seeking inner peace and true, lasting happiness in our lives. Savor and enjoy!”
Christopher K. Germer
“Brilliant! Self-compassion is a revolutionary new idea-a better idea-pioneered by the author, Kristin Neff, with profound implications for how to live our lives.”
Doctor - Todd B. Kashdan
"Based on state-of-the-art research, Neff provides essential lessons for how to excel personally and professionally through self-compassion."
Rosie O’Donnell
“A beautiful book that helps us all see the way to cure the world, one person at a time, starting with yourself. Read it and start the journey.”
Brené Brown
“Neff’s powerful research and her ability to explain how self-compassion affects our everyday lives makes this book a transformative read.”
Dr. Todd B. Kashdan
“Based on state-of-the-art research, Neff provides essential lessons for how to excel personally and professionally through self-compassion.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061733512
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/19/2011
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
124,823
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

What People are saying about this

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

“An original and doable blueprint for improving the quality of your life.”

Brene Brown

“Neff’s powerful research and her ability to explain how self-compassion affects our everyday lives makes this book a transformative read.”

Christopher K. Germer

“Brilliant! Self-compassion is a revolutionary new idea-a better idea-pioneered by the author, Kristin Neff, with profound implications for how to live our lives.”

Rosie O'Donnell

“A beautiful book that helps us all see the way to cure the world, one person at a time, starting with yourself. Read it and start the journey.”

Gloria Steinem

“A portable friend to all readers—especially but not only women—who need to learn that the Golden Rule works only if it’s reversible: We must learn to treat ourselves as well as we wish to treat others.”

Todd B. Kashdan

“Based on state-of-the-art research, Neff provides essential lessons for how to excel personally and professionally through self-compassion.”

Daniel J. Siegel

“This book and its courageous and compassionate author will become essential reading for all of us seeking inner peace and true, lasting happiness in our lives. Savor and enjoy!”

Tara Brach

“Drawing on a powerful blend of Western psychology and Eastern meditative strategies, Kristin Neff offers practical, wise guidance on the path of emotional healing and deep inner transformation.”

Steven Stosny

“This is an important book. Following its advice can free readers from the chains of self-criticism and replace them with the wings of self-encouragement.”

Sharon Salzberg

“In this deeply personal, highly practical book, Kristin Neff moves the entire study of compassion forward.”

Meet the Author

Kristin Neff, Ph.D., is an associate professor in human development at the University of Texas at Austin. A pioneer who first established self-compassion as a field of study almost a decade ago, Dr. Neff gives lectures on self-compassion internationally and conducts workshops for those who want to learn more about developing self-compassion.

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Self-Compassion 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
mfw1 More than 1 year ago
Being kind to oneself is often very difficult. Many people do not even realize they are short of self compassion, believing that self criticism is required and a way of life. It's one thing to try to do your best, and quite another to never let yourself off the hook. If this resonates with you, read this. It is quite good.
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Denise61DE More than 1 year ago
This book really helped me realize why i was thinking the way I was and reacted to my surroundings. I'm more aware of this and thank the author for creation such an insightful book.
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Great