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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.
This book offers a lot of self help ideas. It's taking me a long time to get through because it has exercises to do as you go along.Published 5 days ago by Christine J. Czemske
Everyone needs to understand how to be compassionate to his or herself, for that is where the roots of understanding, patience, and caring for others begin. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Teacher Reader
Kristen Neff,PhD., is personally and professionally focused on the practice of self compassion, a practice that moves away from the competition inherent in self esteem and focuses... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Blue Horse
A must read book for all the people living at the edges of the human condition.Published 1 month ago by Dr.Christopher Schippers