Week 3: Self-Compassion


Newspaper and web articles:

Kristen Neff  (2015) The Five Myths of Self Compassion. Greater Good.  https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/the_five_myths_of_self_compassion

Bobbi Emel,  Self-Compassion: Learning to Be Nicer to Ourselves.  Tiny Buddha.


Kristen Neff.  What is Self Compassion (3 mins)

Kristen Neff. The Three Components of Self Compassion.  Greater Good website (6.20 mins)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11U0h0DPu7k

Kristen Neff.  The Space Between Self-Esteem and Self Compassion.  Ted Talk (19 mins)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvtZBUSplr4



Neff  K. (2011)  Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself.  William Collins, an imprint of Harper Collins

Kristen Neff (2018)  Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook.  Guildford Press, New York/UK

Neff K.  (in press)  The Science of Self Compassion.  Chapter in Germer C. and Siegel R. Compassion and Wisdom in Psychotherapy

Gilbert P. (2011)  The Compassionate Mind: A New Approach to Life’s Challenges.  Little Brown Book Group, an imprint of Robinson


Research Articles

Kristin Neff.   The Science of Self-CompassionIn C. Germer & R. Siegel (Eds.), Compassion and Wisdom in Psychotherapy. New York: Guilford Press.Self-Compassion:

Neff, K. D., & Dahm, K. A. (2017). Self-compassion: What it is, what it does, and how it relates to mindfulness. In B. A. Gaudiano, Major themes in mental health. Mindfulness: Nonclinical applications of mindfulness: Adaptations for school, work, sports, health, and general well-being (p. 495–517). Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group.

“Over the past decade self-compassion has gained popularity as a related and complementary construct to mindfulness, and research on self-compassion is growing at an exponential rate. Self-compassion involves treating yourself with the same kindness, concern and support you’d show to a good friend.  When faced with difficult life struggles, or confronting personal mistakes, failures, and inadequacies, self-compassion responds with kindness rather than harsh self-judgment, recognizing that imperfection is part of the shared human experience.  In order to give oneself compassion, one must be able to turn toward, acknowledge, and accept that one is suffering, meaning that mindfulness is a core component of self-compassion.  This chapter provides a comprehensive description of self-compassion and a review of the empirical literature supporting its psychological benefits.  Similarities and distinctions between mindfulness and self-compassion are also explored, as these have important implications for research and intervention. This chapter hopes to provide a compelling argument for the use of both self-compassion and mindfulness as important means to help individuals develop emotional resilience and wellbeing.”

Gilbert P. and Irons C. (2004).  A pilot exploration of the use of compassionate images in a group of self-critical people.


Note: you can also find a wide range of research articles related to self-compassion on the Mindful Self-Compassion website or on Kristen Neff’s own website, Self Compassion.  Paul Gilbert also hosts a rich website, the Compassionate Mind.