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.
YouTube Video with Kristin Neff: