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Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself Paperback – 23 June 2015
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"Neff's powerful research and her ability to explain how self-compassion affects our everyday lives makes this book a transformative read."--Brené Brown, Ph.D., author of The Gifts of Imperfection
"If you have a longing to relate to your inner life with authentic care, this book will show you how. 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."--Tara Brach, Ph.D., author of Radical Acceptance
"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."--Rosie O'Donnell, talk show host
"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."--Gloria Steinem
"An original and doable blueprint for improving the quality of your life."--Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, author of Flow and Creativity
"Based on state-of-the-art research, Neff provides essential lessons for how to excel personally and professionally through self-compassion."--Dr. Todd B. Kashdan, author of Curious? and Designing Positive Psychology
"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."--Christopher K. Germer, Ph.D., author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion
"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."--Tara Brach, Ph.D., author of Radical Acceptance
"In this deeply personal, highly practical book, Kristin Neff moves the entire study of compassion forward."--Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness
"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!"--Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., author of Mindsight
"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."--Steven Stosny, Ph.D., author of Love Without Hurt
From the Back Cover
The relentless pursuit of high self-esteem has become a virtual religion. 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. 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.
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.
- Publisher : HarperCollins; Reprint edition (23 June 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0061733520
- ISBN-13 : 978-0061733529
- Dimensions : 1.83 x 13.49 x 20.32 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 38,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What I have experienced through reading Self-Compassion is nothing short of profound and life-changing. I am hopeful that what I have gained from Kristin’s guidance will remain with me throughout my life and will enhance my life experience significantly in the long term.
I never realised just how self-critical a person I was until I read this book. It’s helped me to realise how I’ve deepened, or even created, my own suffering at significant times during my life. I only wish I’d found this book sooner!
If you have a young teenage friend or relative who is having a tough time or appears a little lost - gift them this book. I can only imagine how much easier my life would have been during those critical years, had I had the power of self-compassion to tap into. I also believe that it doesn’t matter what age you are - anyone can benefit from Kristin’s teachings.
A truly wonderful book that may just help you to lift yourself out of a deep pit of despair, or raise your happiness to even higher levels than you’ve ever experienced before.
Thank you for all your help Kristin.