Video: Stop Chasing Self-Esteem And Just Be Self-Compassionate | Dr. Kristin Neff, pioneering researcher into self-compassion

Some Takeaways – From Kristin:

  • Kristin’s definition of self-esteem: Global evaluation of self worth
  • One of the problems with self-esteem is that in order to have it we need to be special and above average
  • The unhealthy dynamic of self-esteem is we are constantly comparing each other
  • Kristin’s definition of self-compassion: Self-compassion is the perfect alternative to self-esteem because it’s a way to feel good about ourselves that isn’t contingent and doesn’t require being better than others or being perfect
  • The three components of self-compassion: 1.Mindfulness 2.Common humanity 3.Kindness
  • What mindfulness does for our struggle: Helps us become aware that we’re struggling
  • The difference between self-compassion and self-pity: Recognition of common humanity
  • One of the strengths of self compassion gives you is it makes you less afraid of: Failure
  • Four realities about self-compassion: 1.Source or strength and resilience 2.Increases motivation 3.Leads to healthier behaviors 4.It enhances interpersonal relationships

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