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From leading psychologist Dr. Kristin Neff comes a step-by-step guide explaining how to be more self-compassionate and achieve your dreams in life
The relentless pursuit of high self-esteem has become a virtual religion—and a tyrannical one at that. Our ultracompetitive culture tells us we need to be constantly above average to feel good about ourselves, but there is always someone more attractive, successful, or intelligent than we are. And even when we do manage to grab hold of high self-esteem for a brief moment, we can't seem to keep it. Our sense of self-worth goes up and down like a Ping-Pong ball, rising and falling in lockstep with our latest success or failure.
Fortunately, there is an alternative to self-esteem that many experts believe is a better and more effective path to happiness: self-compassion. The research of Dr. Kristin Neff and other leading psychologists indicates that people who are compassionate toward their failings and imperfections experience greater well-being than those who repeatedly judge themselves. The feelings of security and self-worth provided by self-compassion are also highly stable, kicking in precisely when self-esteem falls down. This book powerfully demonstrates why it's so important to be self-compassionate and give yourself the same caring support you'd give to a good friend.
This groundbreaking work will show you how to let go of debilitating self-criticism and finally learn to be kind to yourself. Using solid empirical research, personal stories, practical exercises, and humor, Dr. Neff—the world's foremost expert on self-compassion—explains how to heal destructive emotional patterns so that you can be healthier, happier, and more effective. Engaging, highly readable, and eminently accessible, this book has the power to change your life.
This is a very practical book with a lot of helpful exercises and guided meditations.
It has helped me to be more self compassionate, and really helped all my relationships as I find my compassion for others has expanded.
It is about accepting who you are and doing what you can to make life better for yourself.
Stay clear of this awful book. The author stumbles through the first three chapters trying to put some sort of academic muscle behind her very thin thesis. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Robert J. Nagel
The best book I've read in years. So insightful. So good if you are hard on yourself and avoid feeling your emotions. It seriously changed my life.Published 4 days ago by Tracy Plane
I enjoyed the activity/reflection at the end of each chapter. It gave me the opportunity to reflect and practice self-compassion.Published 6 days ago by San Diego Shoe Girl
This is a must-read for almost everyone I know! Great exercises and perhaps life-changing information that hits home in the deepest parts.Published 15 days ago by L. D. Mitran
I am sick of self-help books even though I've read many and a friend suggested I buy this and I am glad I did. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Be Well
A wonderful and wise book, that helps you get grounded and cultivates a loving kindness attitude.Published 1 month ago by Ditte Soenderskov
This is an excellent book for anyone who wants to learn how to love themselves. It is easy to read and she gives you ideas of exactly what you can do to comfort yourself and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gail M. Newman
I am SO glad I found this book (recommended by Brene Brown)! Just what I needed to read at this time in my life. Read morePublished 1 month ago by R. A. Yeager