The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself
relentless pursuit of high self-esteem has become a virtual religion.
Our ultracompetitive culture tells us we need to be constantly
above average to feel good about ourselves, but there is always
someone more attractive, successful, or intelligent than we are.
And even when we do manage to grab hold of high self-esteem for
a brief moment, we can't seem to keep it. Our sense of self-worth
goes up and down like a Ping-Pong ball, rising and falling in
lockstep with our latest success or failure.
there is an alternative to self-esteem that many experts believe
is a better and more effective path to happiness: self-compassion.
The research of Dr. Kristin Neff and other leading psychologists
indicates that people who are compassionate toward their failings
and imperfections experience greater well-being that those who
repeatedly judge themselves. This book powerfully demonstrates
why it's so important to be self-compassionate and give yourself
the same caring support you'd give to a good friend.
solid empirical research, personal stories, practical exercises,
and humor, Dr. Neffthe world's foremost expert on self-compassionexplains
how to heal destructive emotional patterns so that you can be
healthier, happier, and more effective.
ISBN 978-0061733529 * $18.50