The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself

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Kristin Neff, Ph.D., says that its time to “stop beating yourself up and leave insecurity behind.” Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind offers expert advice on how to limit self-criticism and offset its negative effects, enabling you to achieve your highest potential and a more contented, fulfilled life. More and more, psychologists are turning away from an emphasis on self-esteem and moving toward self-compassion in the treatment of their patientsand Dr. Neffs extraordinary book offers exercises and action plans for dealing with every emotionally debilitating struggle, be it parenting, weight loss, or any of the numerous trials of everyday living.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2015
Edition: First William Morrow paperback edition
ISBN: 9780061733529
Branch Call Number: BF575.S37 N44 2015x
Characteristics: xii, 305 pages ; 21 cm


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Hillsboro_ChrisK Oct 30, 2018

What I liked about this book was that it is prescriptive as well as descriptive. So many books will tell you all about this thing that you are already experiencing but have nothing to offer in the way of changing the thing. Neff has various exercises to do throughout the book and they can actually be helpful. For as long as I can remember, negative self-talk had been the running narrative in my head. We're talking forty or so years. Committing to one of the exercises for a week or two stopped the negative self-talk. Definitely worth a try!

Aug 08, 2017

This book does give some suggestions on how to be nicer to yourself with the self-compassion approach. I just find that this book is just about having one-way and one-perspective. Sometimes, self-criticism can also turn into very good motivations... but this book just don't agree with any form of self-criticism.

Aug 25, 2012

Very good way to examine how hard some of us can be on ourselves (compared to how we'd talk to a friend).


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