The role of self-compassion in development: A healthier way to relate to oneself

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Abstract

Recent reviews of the research literature have suggested that high self-esteem is not all it is cracked up to be. Self-esteem does not appear to improve academic or job performance, to improve leadership skills or to prevent children from smoking, drinking, taking drugs and engaging in early sex. There is another way of positively relating to oneself that does not involve self-evaluations or social comparisons but, rather, involves compassion. While the concept of self-compassion has existed in Eastern philosophical thought for centuries, it is relatively new in the West. PUBLICATION ABSTRACT

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  • Kristin D. Neff

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