Episode 119: Fierce Self-Compassion with Dr. Kristin Neff

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Why We Love Dr. Neff:

Kristin Neff is currently an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research, conducting the first empirical studies on self-compassion almost twenty years ago. In addition to writing numerous academic articles and book chapters on the topic, she is author of the book Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself. In conjunction with her colleague Dr. Chris Germer, she has developed an empirically supported training program called Mindful Self-Compassion, which is taught by thousands of teachers worldwide. They co-authored the ​Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook and Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program: A Guide for Professionals​. Her newest work focuses on how to balance self-acceptance with the courage to make needed change. In June 2021, she will publish ​Fierce Self-Compassion: How Women Can Harness Kindness to Speak Up, Claim Their Power, and Thrive​.

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On the Pod, We Discuss:

  • The three components of self-compassion 
  • The difference between self-love and narcissism 
  • What the default mode is and why it’s been crucial to survival 
  • What over 3,500 studies now show to be the astounding benefits of self-compassion 
  • The optimal time to introduce self-compassion to make it most effective 
  • The two sides of self-compassion and why understanding both is crucial for building a better world 
  • How self-compassion intersects with and impacts our body image and relationship with food 
  • How gender role socialization impacts our ability to be compassionate 
  • Anger and how to harness it as a powerful tool in our lives 
  • How women can play a powerful caring force to save our world from the mess we’ve gotten ourselves into 
  • How self-compassion is actually a physical practice and how tuning into our physiology is how we change things 
  • How self-compassion motivates us to take better care of ourselves and is way more effective
  • And much more

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