Kristin received her doctorate in Human Development from the University of California at Berkeley in 1997, and is currently an Associate Professor in the Educational Psychology Dept. at the University of Texas at Austin.
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Self-compassion allows us to be more in touch with our humanity and empathize with our inner critic. But when does self-compassion tip over into negative self-pity or self-esteem? Here’s how to avoid confusing positive self-compassion with pity, unhealthy esteem, and indulgence.
One of the most important elements of self-compassion is the recognition of our shared humanity.
While the motivational power of self-criticism comes from fear of self-punishment, the motivational power of self-compassion comes from the desire to be healthy.
Self-compassion isn’t a way of judging ourselves positively, it’s a way of relating to ourselves kindly, warts and all.
Self-compassion is made up of three key elements, and understanding and improving these elements can lead to greater happiness in our lives.