Kristin Neff | The Power of Practicing Fierce Self-Compassion

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Kristin Neff | The Power of Practicing Fierce Self-Compassion

Kristin Neff

Posted on September 2, 2021

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“The more compassion you give to yourself, the more you have available for others.” — Kristin Neff

Many of us prioritize compassion for others, but what about compassion for ourselves? This week, hear from a pioneer on mindful self-compassion, Kristin Neff. As a bestselling author, co-founder of the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion, and an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, Neff is at the forefront of self-compassion research.

Over 20 years ago, Neff was part of the first empirical studies on self-compassion. Most recently, Neff’s work focuses on balancing personal self-acceptance with the courage to make the changes needed to live a happy, successful life. 

In addition to her numerous academic articles and other writings on self-compassion, Neff is the author of Fierce Self-Compassion: How Women Can Harness Kindness to Speak Up, Claim Their Power, and Thrive and Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself

Neff also co-developed Mindful Self-Compassion, a widely-supported training program, with her colleague Dr. Chris Germer. Today, it’s taught worldwide by thousands of instructors. Together, they wrote the Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook and Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program: A Guide for Professionals

In this wisdom-packed episode of Leading with Genuine Care, you’ll learn about growing a practice of self-compassion, the science and psychology behind the benefits of compassion, and why being kinder to ourselves can change our lives in more ways than we could ever imagine.

You’ll also learn:

  • What self-compassion is
  • Why we need to embrace our messiness
  • How to practice self-compassion
  • Kristin’s journey that led her to mindful self-compassion
  • How the “tend and befriend response” helps us with compassion
  • About practicing self-compassion as a parent
  • What the myths of self-compassion are
  • How self-compassion reduces burnout
  • Why mindfulness and self-compassion work together
  • How anger can be a very positive trait
  • What “gender role socialization” is
  • Why shame gets in the way of us accepting failure and mistakes
  • How self-compassion helps us become more mindful
  • What led Kirstin to focus on teaching women fierce self-compassion 
  • Why the book is also useful for men!
  • What “momma bear energy” is 
  • About the little things that can help us find mindfulness
  • What happens in our organizations when people feel cared for
  • And so much more!

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Watch Kristin Neff’s TEDx Talk, The Space Between Self-Esteem and Self Compassion


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Join the Online Fierce Self-Compassion Workshop

This advanced workshop is focused on an aspect of self-compassion most people aren’t familiar with – its fierce side. Whereas tender self-compassion involves “being with” ourselves in a compassionate way, fierce self-compassion involves taking action in the world to protect, provide and motivate ourselves.


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Buy Kristin Neff’s Newest Book on Self-Compassion

Fierce Self-Compassion: How Women Can Harness Kindness to Speak Up, Claim Their Power, and Thrive


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