324: Kristin Neff on Self Compassion

Released Tuesday, 17th March 2020
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Kristin Neff is an Associate Professor at The University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Educational Psychology. With her partner Chris Germer, she has developed an empirically-supported training program called Mindful Self-Compassion that is taught by thousands of teachers worldwide. She co-authored The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook as well as the book, Teaching the Mindful Self Compassion Program: A Guide For Professionals. In this episode, Kristin and Eric dive into the topic of self-compassion and discuss what it is and isn’t. Kristin also shares how to practice self compassion as well as leads listerns through a self-compassion practice. 
The wisdom and practice of self-compassion is a foundational principle that Eric teaches and helps his private clients learn to apply through the 1-on-1 Spiritual Habits Program. To learn more about this program, click here.
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In This Interview, Kristin Neff and I discuss Self Compassion and…
  • Her book, The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook
  • That what we practice grows stronger
  • The science of contemplative practice
  • What self-compassion is
  • Treating yourself with the same kindness you’d show to a dear friend 
  • Starting with mindfulness
  • The connectedness of compassion 
  • The fact that we suffer unites us as human beings
  • Quintessential question, “What do I need?”
  • Myths of self-compassion and how it is a powerful antidote to shame
  • The Inner Ally vs. Inner Enemy
  • Constructive self-criticism
  • How to practice and the physiology of self compassion.
  • The self-compassion break 
  • Why and how self-criticism harms us
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