Self Criticism or Self Compassion

An important aspect of Dialectical Behavior Therapy is recognizing self-criticism and judgments and cultivating self-compassion.  This is something most of our patients work on every day.  Recently, an article in the Huffington Post made a convincing case for why self-compassion is more effective and helpful than self-criticism.

Additionally, Dr. Kristin Neff, who is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on self-compassion, speaks about three core components of self-compassion.  I hope this article and YouTube video help to motivate us all to question how effective our own self-criticism has been and to consider including more self-compassion into our lives.

Links

Huffington Post Article:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michelle-mcquaid/self-criticism-or-self-compassion-which-works-best_b_9775340.html

YouTube Video with Kristin Neff:
http://youtu.be/11U0h0DPu7k

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