What is self-compassion
Self-compassion is relating to ourselves with wisdom and kindness,
when we experience difficulties.
Compassion is relating to others with wisdom and kindness,
when they experience difficulties.
Self-compassion consists of
Instead of ignoring our pain or getting caught up in thoughts and emotions, we simply notice that we are hurting and acknowledge how it feels physically and emotionally.
Perspective of Common Humanity
Instead of feeling alone and inferior to others for experiencing this difficulty, we recognize that all human beings go through difficult times.
Instead of criticising ourselves, we simply offer ourselves comfort and support, as we would do to a dear friend.
Why does self-compassion matter?
How did you treat yourself the last time you felt bad? Research found that the majority of people in western culture find it easier to be compassionate to others than to themselves.
A lack of self-compassion and harsh self-criticism have been associated with depression, burnout and worse outcomes when you have a mental health problem.
Greater self-compassion has been consistently associated with better mental health and wellbeing, better physical health and with more satisfying relationships.
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Doubts and misgivings of self-compassion
“Do we not become lazy or more self-centeret or weak? Does our society not need us to develop more consideration and compassion for others instead?”. We often have doubts regarding self-compassion. Luckily extensive research clears the fog.
Research shows we put more effort into pursuing our goals after failure when we motivate ourselves with self-compassion instead of self-criticism. Studies also show that self-compassion goes along with greater emotional resilience when faced with hardship and increased personal responsibility for one’s health, lifestyle choices and failures.
In other words, we become more resilient and have more capacity to be there for others in a sustainable and authentic way. For more on the latest research, see Dr. Kristin Neff’s Website.
How can I become more self-compassionate?
We can all learn to be more self-compassionate. If you have identified a need for greater kindness towards yourself, you can look into the formats I offer. If you are experiencing mental health problems, you are advised to consult with a licensed mental health clinician first.
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Helle Laursen, founder of Nordic Compassion