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Mindful Self-Compassion 8 week series

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. Based on the groundbreaking research of Kristin Neff (Phd) and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer (PhD), MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding.


Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, motivate ourselves with kindness, forgive ourselves when needed, relate wholeheartedly to others, and be more authentically ourselves.


Program activities include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices. The goal is for participants to directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life.

No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend MSC. In order to receive the greatest benefits, it is important that participants plan to attend every session.

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Mindful Self-Compassion and Parenting

Mindful Self-Compassion and Parenting | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it

Self-compassion has three components:

1. The kindness we would show a friend is directed toward ourselves.

2. A recognition that pain and suffering is part of life — it’s something every human being goes through.

3. Mindfulness.


Here are the benefits I have gained from self-compassion:

  • Far less criticism of my husband (phew!).
  • More natural and spontaneous kindness, generosity and forgiveness toward myself and others.
  • ...

By KELLIE EDWARDS 

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Self-compassion key to positive body image and coping

The research results suggest that eating disorder prevention and health promotion that focus on increasing young women's self-compassion may be an important way to foster healthier weight management across the BMI spectrum.


This study gathered data from 153 female undergraduate students and used BMI calculations based on each participant's self-reported height and weight. The research team administered a series of questionnaires assessing levels of self-compassion, self-esteem, body image, and eating behaviours.

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5 Tips for Improving Self-Compassion

5 Tips for Improving Self-Compassion | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it

Self-Compassion as a Recovery Tool
 

When used as an addiction recovery tool, self-compassion has shown to help people overcome cravings, deal with the stresses of early recovery, and better manage their emotions. It involves being mindful, but the practice also boosts self-esteem, reduces self-criticism, and allows the person to feel more comfortable in his or her own skin – qualities that are essential for lasting sobriety.



According to a study published in the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, “compassionate mind states may be learned, and may alleviate shame, as well as other distressing outcomes, such as depression, anxiety, self-attacks, feelings of inferiority, and submissive behavior.”


by Nikki Seay

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How Self-Compassion Beats Rumination

How Self-Compassion Beats Rumination | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it
A new study suggests that self-compassion improves mood, largely by helping us avoid negative rumination.


What is the solution?

We focused on nurturing self-compassion, which means becoming mindfully aware of the pain one feels when experiencing moments of failure, recognizing that such shortcomings are common to all human beings, and then evoking a sense of kindness and care toward one’s self in those moments.


By Linda Graham 

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Self-Compassion, Part II: Recognizing Your Limits

Self-Compassion, Part II: Recognizing Your Limits | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it

By compassionately recognizing that you have personal limits, you can respect the legitimacy of the emotions you feel when you have been pushed beyond them.


Most people would agree that having a compassionate stance towards oneself is desirable. But how do you cultivate self-compassion?


Let’s quickly define the term. In this article, “compassion” means tenderhearted recognition of pain or distress, coupled with a desire to alleviate it.


Each component of this definition—recognition, tenderheartedness, and a desire to alleviate distress—offers opportunities for cultivating compassion. This article will look at how the skill of “recognition” can help you grow self-compassion.


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Practicing self-compassion: How to Be the World’s Best Soulmate

Practicing self-compassion: How to Be the World’s Best Soulmate | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it

BY NANCI BESSER 

The Challenge: Everyone wants to find their soulmate, but how can we be that for someone else?


The Science: Surprisingly, empathy and kindness toward yourself is the key to being a wonderful partner.


The Solution:Here are 3 steps to becoming AND finding the perfect soulmate.


Everyone wants a soulmate. Yet what does it take to be a perfect partner to that soulmate?


Practicing self-compassion might be a strong indicator of the presence or absence of empathy in an individual. 

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Self-Compassion & the Cultivation of Happiness with Kristin Neff

Self-Compassion & the Cultivation of Happiness with Kristin Neff | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it

This day-long seminar led by self-compassion pioneer Kristin Neff,will offer strategies for cultivating self-compassion, boosting happiness, and reducing stress in yourself and others.


Self-compassion is a skill that can be learned by anyone. It involves generating feelings of kindness and care toward ourselves as imperfect human beings, and learning to be present with greater ease during life's inevitable struggles. It is an antidote to harsh self-criticism, making us feel connected to others when we suffer, rather than feeling isolated and alienated.


Unlike self-esteem, the good feelings of self-compassion do not depend on being special and better than other people; instead, they come from caring about ourselves and embracing our commonalities.

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Audio: Simple Self Empathy Tools to Help You Enjoy the Holidays

Audio: Simple Self Empathy Tools to Help You Enjoy the Holidays | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it

Join CNVC Certified Trainer Mary Mackenzie to learn a few of her tried-and-true simple Self Empathy techniques, especially focused on the challenges of the holiday season.

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How Does Mindfulness Help Cultivate Self-Compassion?

How Does Mindfulness Help Cultivate Self-Compassion? | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it

The author and pioneering University of Texas psychologist explains how awareness of your own thoughts and feelings can lead you to be kinder toward yourself—and why this self-compassion brings a host of mental and physical health benefits.

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Show Me Empathy! A Traveling Exhibition

Show Me Empathy! A Traveling Exhibition | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it

Show Me Empathy! is a traveling exhibition for 6-year olds and up, where most recent scientific research on empathy and its multiple layers affecting various domains of our lives, are communicated through interactive storytelling and immersive experiential learning experiences.


The Problem

Despite the well-known benefits of empathy towards personal, social, and environmental well-being, except a few non-profit initiatives and schools with empathy related programs, there are no neutral public platforms that systematically inspire and enable individuals to explore, discover, and


utilize empathy with a goal to

cause positive behavior change.

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The Self-Compassion Cheat Sheet

The Self-Compassion Cheat Sheet | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it

One of the hurdles most of us run into when trying to become more self-compassionate is not knowing what “self-compassion” looks like.  If you’ve ever been in a situation where English isn’t the preferred language, you’ve likely experienced having trouble finding the words to ask for/express/get what you want. Without language, it’s pretty difficult to communicate. You find yourself gesturing and pointing and feeling distressed and frustrated. So, when you’re in the process of changing your relationship to yourself, you’ll likely experience similar feelings. Remember trying to learn French or Spanish or Japanese or ASL? It didn’t come naturally; it was foreign. By Megan Bruneau •

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The Miracle of the Self-Compassion Habit : zenhabits

Let’s hypothesize that there’s a substance that’s been irritating you and causing problems in all areas of your life: it causes you to be unhappy, to be stressed, to procrastinate, to be distracted, to be angry with people, to be dissatisfied with your life, to be overweight and unhealthy, to not exercise or eat healthy, and much more.


Horrible substance, right? Now imagine there were a salve that could ease the bad effects of this substance, and make all those other areas better.


The substance is real: it’s your suffering. We all suffer, in small and large ways, every day.


And it causes all the other problems I mentioned.

 By Leo Babauta

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How Self-Compassion Builds a More Positive Body Image Than Self-Esteem - PsychCentral.com (blog)

How Self-Compassion Builds a More Positive Body Image Than Self-Esteem - PsychCentral.com (blog) | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it
“Beauty is perfect in its imperfections, so you just have to go with the imperfections.” — Diane Von Furstenberg


A new study by researchers at the University of Waterloo has touched on a somewhat taboo question: “What if women...

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25 Questions for Cultivating Self-Compassion

25 Questions for Cultivating Self-Compassion | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it

As I wrote in this piece on journaling prompts for self-reflection and self-discovery, part of building a healthy relationship with ourselves is keeping an open and honest dialogue. It’s continually asking ourselves questions and welcoming the answers. It’s getting to know ourselves, at our core.

Another part of building a healthy relationship is cultivating self-compassion. But I know that for many of us this is hard. Really hard. Being kind feels foreign, and unnatural. Instead, after many years, our automatic reaction may be to bash, berate and bully ourselves.


Here’s a list of 25 questions to help you take small steps in being kinder to yourself.

  1. How would I like to feel today?
  2. What’s one small step I can take to cultivate this feeling?
  3. What do I need right now?
  4. ....


by MARGARITA TARTAKOVSKY, M.S. 

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Self-compassion was realized after reading this special book

Self-compassion was realized after reading this special book | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it
I’m savoring Olivia Fox Cabane’s book, The Charisma Myth. It’s like preaching to the converted. We totally see eye-to-eye on so many practices. My favorite: being present is a key to executive presence. Non-verbal communication is SO important… right down to wearing clothing to a business meal that’s comfortable— lest you send off the wrong vibe (think hot room, itchy suit).
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Self-compassion: An essential ingredient for change makers

Self-compassion: An essential ingredient for change makers | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it

Being kind to yourself isn’t just about patching yourself up so you can head back out onto the battlefield to fight for social justice. It’s a personal and political act which shows that you are worthy of being valued, cared for and loved, writes Julie Catt....


Ways to develop self-compassion

  •   Spend a little time in nature each day, allowing yourself to feel part of, rather than a visitor to, the natural environment.

  •  Become familiar with your body. Stroke your skin, sink into crevasses and over lumps. Appreciate it as a complex, changeable, warm, imperfect landscape that is uniquely your own, for the rest of your life.

  • Develop a mantra (something like: “I accept myself fully, and all feelings pass”, “I’m not afraid of being afraid”, or whatever fits), learn a breathing technique that works for you, and use them when anxiety comes to visit. ...
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Two-Day Workshop on Mindful Self-Compassion

Two-Day Workshop on Mindful Self-Compassion | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it

Join us for this two-day workshop to learn the core skills of the 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) training, an empirically-supported program designed to cultivate self-compassion using meditation, daily life practices, lecture, group exercises and discussion.


Self-compassion is an emotional skill that can be learned by anyone. Recent research has shown that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional wellbeing, reduces anxiety and depression, enhances coping, promotes health behaviors, and increases motivation.


This workshop is open to anyone wanting to learn essential tools for treating yourself in a respectful, compassionate way whenever you suffer, fail, or feel inadequate. This is a great way to overcome pleasing others and practicing more self-care.

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Practise Self-Compassion To Improve How You Feel About Yourself

Practise Self-Compassion To Improve How You Feel About Yourself | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it

I’ve been thinking about self-esteem lately, and how you can never have too much of it (or so I thought)


I wanted to find out more about how self-esteem works and how to give it a boost when it’s running low.


I was surprised to find that self-esteem isn’t as straight-forward as I’d thought — what matters more is self-compassion.


BELLE BETH COOPE

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Can Self-Compassion Overcome Procrastination?

Can Self-Compassion Overcome Procrastination? | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it
Putting something off can trigger a downward negative spiral. But a recent study suggests that being kind to yourself can help you achieve your goals.


Low self-compassion, high stress


Fuschia M. Sirois of Bishop’s University in Canada examined whether self-compassion—kindness and understanding toward one’s self in response to pain or failure
— could be related to procrastination and the stress and suffering that procrastination causes.


By Linda Graham 

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The Effect of Self-compassion on Emotions when Experiencing a Sense of Inferiority Across Comparison Situations

This study examined different emotions induced by social comparisons between the two groups divided by the level of self- compassion. A total of 108 Korean undergraduates (62% women; mean age of 21 years) first responded to the self-compassion scale to divide them into either high or low self-compassion group.


They were also presented with two scenarios (upward and downward comparisons). After reading each scenario, respectively, they completed a survey to assess their emotions. ANOVA results showed no significant difference between high and low self-compassion groups in experience of positive emotion, whereas the high self-compassion group reported less negative feelings than their counterpart after both scenarios.


This suggests that self-compassion is a potentially influential factor buffering the negative consequences of social comparisons.



Young Min Choi
Dong-gwi Lee 


Hee-Kyung Lee


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Mindful Self-Compassion

Mindful Self-Compassion | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it
Details and information regarding the Mindful Self-Compassion program


The Mindful Self-Compassion program is an empirically-supported, 8-week, training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. Based on the groundbreaking research of Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer, MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding.

Programs at The Heart's Nest:
Having completed the MSC Teacher Training I am offering 8 week programs each term. These are small groups (8-10 people) so please contact me if you are interested in participating in this wonderful program. The first program will commence mid-July. 

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Self-Compassion: Does It Help or Hinder Performance?

Self-Compassion: Does It Help or Hinder Performance? | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it

Psychologists have recently begun to emphasize the virtues of a skill called self-compassion – where we treat ourselves with more understanding and kindness. It’s sort of like the Golden Rule in reverse.

But for many high-achievers, it’s a strategy that feels wrong. Perhaps because it sounds vaguely like giving ourselves an easy out for mistakes, and thereby lowering our standards.


So does self-compassion apply
to high-achievers?


Or is it something that might lead to better psychological well-being, but ultimately keep us from realizing our full potential?
 

by Dr. Noa Kageyama 

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Have Compassion for Yourself

Have Compassion for Yourself | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it
How one author breaks the cycles of self-loathing


As journalist Anneli Rufus sees it, the self-hating person inhabits a world of muted despair that prevents him or her from ever feeling at ease in the world. InUnworthy: How to Stop Hating Yourself, Rufus mines the intractable, negative perceptions that she and others have held about themselves, and analyzes the emergence of self-esteem as a goal that feels unattainable for many people. I spoke with Rufus about what it's like to live with low self-esteem in an esteem-driven world, and how people who experience self-loathing can establish healthier relationships with themselves and others in their lives.


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If we can have compassion for ourselves,

then we are inviting ourselves to have

compassion for others, which makes

relationships fairer and more equal.

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Have Compassion for Yourself

Have Compassion for Yourself | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it

JUDITH OHIKUARE

How one author breaks the cycles of self-loathing


If we can have compassion for ourselves, then we are inviting ourselves to have compassion for others, which makes relationships fairer and more equal.

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