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Studies in Self-Compassion

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Posted on Mar 2, 2011
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“No pain, no gain” may have its limits as a personal mantra, according to researchers exploring the idea of self-compassion as a motivating attitude for everything from mood regulation to fitness and weight control—in other words, less stick, more carrot.  —KA

The New York Times:

Self-compassion is really conducive to motivation,” Dr. Neff said. “The reason you don’t let your children eat five big tubs of ice cream is because you care about them. With self-compassion, if you care about yourself, you do what’s healthy for you rather than what’s harmful to you.”

Dr. Neff, whose book, “Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind,” is being published next month by William Morrow, has developed a self-compassion scale: 26 statements meant to determine how often people are kind to themselves, and whether they recognize that ups and downs are simply part of life.

[...] Dr. Neff says that the field is still new and that she is just starting a controlled study to determine whether teaching self-compassion actually leads to lower stress, depression and anxiety and more happiness and life satisfaction.

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By zonth_zonth, March 4, 2011 at 6:07 pm Link to this comment

“To be one’s own judge, jurry and executioner.  One can never be adequately afraid of oneself”. Hmm, maybe Neitzche was a bit harsh on himself according to the new ‘chicken soup for the soul’ kinder, gentler, more friendly—PC society.

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By SarcastiCanuck, March 4, 2011 at 1:25 pm Link to this comment
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More self help crap from the Dr.Phil nation of whiners.I am now putting out a book called “Drink 24 beers a day and be Happy,Successful,Thin and Glamorous”.Its a new field but I am doing extensive research,buuuurp….

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By gerard, March 3, 2011 at 2:02 pm Link to this comment

Have you let yourself off the hook yet today?

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By SteveL, March 2, 2011 at 11:48 pm Link to this comment

For a second I thought the republicans had put up a new candidate for President.

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By gerard, March 2, 2011 at 10:03 pm Link to this comment

Could it be that compassion is compassion is comopassion, and that if you feel it for yourself, you feel it for others?

And that both a punishing attitude toward self and others, and a self-indulgence or “spoiling” of others is a whole different ball of wax?

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