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.
If you struggle with self-shaming this is the book for you. It really helped me to be kinder to myself.Published 5 days ago by Maria A. C.
This book is great. I love that Kristin explains things in easy-to-understand language, and I especially love the exercises she gives throughout. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Melanie G. Deal
Excellent book, I especially love the exercises. Self-compassion is definitely a concept I struggle with, but the author really struck a chord with me. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Cubfangirl1
The book is well-written. The author made this her life's work.Published 27 days ago by Janet RArnold
practical and sensitively written, a step above 'self esteem' as a foundation . . . or should I say a step below. A very fundamental layer to a 'sound' person.Published 1 month ago by John O'Brien
This teaches a whole new type of self talk and appreciation which lightens the load of modern pressures.Published 1 month ago by Geoffrey P. Graham