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Coping with Self-criticism

Sat, 06 Jan 2018 08:45:49 GMT

We all do it. Sometimes, we're hard on ourselves because we imagine that self-criticism will motivate us. Self-criticism, on a consistent basis, leads us in a negative direction. Instead, what if we were to gain some perspective from our thoughts? Neff (2003) elaborates on self-compassion and its effect on our well-being. Self-compassion recognizes our fallibility as and our connection to human beings. This way of being with ourselves in a kind and non-judgmental way inspires self-awareness in a balanced way. Exercise: "I suck at this." Alternatives: "I'm not so good at this right now. It doesn't feel so good." "It's okay. Some people struggle with this too." Neff, K.D. (2003). The development and validation of a scale to measure self-compassion. Self and Identity, 2, 223-250.