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.
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About 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.
Table of Contents
Part 1 Why Self-Compassion? 1
1 Discovering Self-Compassion 3
2 Ending the Madness 18
Part 2 Core Components of Self-Compassion 39
3 Being Kind to Ourselves 41
4 We're All in This Together 61
5 Being Mindful of What Is 80
Part 3 Benefits of Self-Compassion 107
6 Emotional Resilience 109
7 Opting Out of the Self-Esteem Game 135
8 Motivation and Personal Growth 159
Part 4 Self-Compassion in Relation to Others 185
9 Compassion for Others 187
10 Self-Compassionate Parenting 207
11 Love and Sex 221
Part 5 The Joy of Self-Compassion 243
12 The Butterfly Emerges 245
13 Self-Appreciation 267
What People are Saying About This
“An original and doable blueprint for improving the quality of your life.”
“Neff’s powerful research and her ability to explain how self-compassion affects our everyday lives makes this book a transformative read.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Based on state-of-the-art research, Neff provides essential lessons for how to excel personally and professionally through self-compassion.”
“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!”
“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.”
“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.”
“In this deeply personal, highly practical book, Kristin Neff moves the entire study of compassion forward.”
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book can become a blue print for how to honestly develop more compassion not only for yourself, but for the world around you. I love it. I am so glad that I found it.
I am grateful for the realization of the areas in my life which could be enhanced with greater self-compassion. This book provides the opportunity to move from being both the critic and criticized, punisher and punished, to becoming the comforter and comforted. For those looking to let go of the past and move into a greater expression of love, this is the place to start.
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.
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.