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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 and eminently accessible, this book has the power to change your life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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.”  

    Rosie O’Donnell 

  • “An original and doable blueprint for improving the quality of your life.” 

    Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, author of Flow and Creativity  

  • “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 

  • “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  

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Christine | 8/26/2011

    " Lots of practical advice on how to care for oneself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Abby | 8/25/2011

    " I don't love the writing style, but there are some good ideas and reminders about self-kindness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ruth Laura | 7/19/2011

    " Silly title, but full of useful concepts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Diane | 6/20/2011

    " Really important insights in this book. "

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About the Author
Author Kristin Neff

Kristin Neff, PhD, is an Associate Professor in Human Development at the University of Texas and has been researching and studying self-compassion for the past decade. She published the first journal article that explicitly defined and examined self-compassion. She also created the Self-Compassion Scale, which has been translated into over a dozen languages and is currently being used by hundreds of researchers worldwide. She gives lectures on self-compassion worldwide and conducts workshops for those who want to learn more about developing self-compassion, and she is the author of the book Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind.