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Self-empathy

Recording of the webinar that took place on 5 September 2020.
Trainer: Joachim Berggren, CNVC Certified Trainer
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Radical Self-Compassion with Tara Brach

Radical Self-Compassion with Tara Brach | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it

Mindfulness can transform the brain

A decade ago, the research was just getting started – evidence was anecdotal, and there was no way of knowing for sure if mindfulness practice was truly making the difference that so many were reporting.

However, we now know that mindfulness practice:

 
  • Increases the brain waves associated with neural integration and well-being
  • Leads to an increased sense of well-being, not to mention greater stress resilience and deeper empathy in both professional and personal relationships
  • Improves attention, learning, and memory
 
  • Reduces experiences of pain, including chronic pain
  • Decreases the frequency and severity of stress, and the symptoms that come with it, including IBS, insomnia, and sexual dysfunction
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Self-Compassion Can Help Prevent Re-Victimization

Self-Compassion Can Help Prevent Re-Victimization | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it

How Self-Compassion Heals Shame
Self-compassion helps prevent former victims from being re-victimized primarily because it helps heal their shame—shame that causes them to stop caring about their own safety, shame that causes them to punish themselves by being reckless with their bodies. 

Shame is the most damaging aspect of any sexual violation and is the number one risk factor for being re-victimized later in life. Most former victims are overwhelmed with shame.  

Why is this the case? The most straight-forward answer is that abuse is a horrifically shaming experience.

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New to Self Empathy? Start Here  

New to Self Empathy? Start Here   | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it

In this podcast series, Sarah demonstrates how she talks to herself with warmth and compassion, and how this practice is the first step in developing our Resonating Self Witness. You can watch these on YouTube or view them below.

Note that I use second-person when I talk to myself with resonance; try it and you'll see how helpful this can be in developing and learning to talk with your own resonating compassionate self-witness!

Self-Empathy: How to invite self-understanding

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Noticing with Self-empathy #2

Noticing with Self-empathy #2 | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it

This article is the second in a series on the notion and practice of Self-Empathy by Lidewij Niezink Katherine Train 

In our previous article, we introduced you to the concept of self-empathy as a prerequisite to empathizing with others. We also laid out possible circumstances in either personal or professional life where empathy is a useful skill to relate to other people and suggested skillful empathy as a basis to prevent or solve interpersonal tensions.

 

Self-empathy precedes empathizing with others and gives you the foundation to be able to do so.

 

But what is self-empathy? In essence, it is a deeply personal exploration of that which happens inside yourself. The self observing itself, experiencing itself, feeling itself. Through self-empathy, the self develops self-awareness.

 

 
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Personal intentions and attending to self in Self-empathy #5

Personal intentions and attending to self in Self-empathy #5 | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it

This article is the fifth in a series on the notion and practice of Self-Empathy byKatherine Train & Lidewij Niezink

 

Empathy, and similarly self-empathy,  becomes useful to you and those you work with when it is applied as a means to an end. Attentive empathy based upon attentive self-empathy helps you to understand the thoughts, feelings and actions of others in order that you can interact with them in an efficient and effective manner. Hence, the outcome of the empathic and self-empathic interaction is better served if it is guided by a skilfully articulated intention.

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Self-empathy as a tool for empathy with others #6

Self-empathy as a tool for empathy with others #6 | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it

This article is the sixth and last in a series on the notion and practice of Self-Empathy by Lidewij Niezink & Katherine Train

 

 

By choosing to practice self-empathy, as a deeply personal exploration, you observe and integrate your own experiences. You bring awareness to your inner experiential, emotional- and mental state. A part of yourself observes the aspect of yourself that experiences in an empathic manner.

 

You create an openness to yourself by suspending judgments you may have about yourself (Jordan, 1994). In so doing you prepare an inner space that is open, expansive and receptive. The inner life may be noisy with random fragments of thought and feeling. The practice of self-empathy orders these fragments. Paradoxically, by bringing your mind into the inner world of your own experiences of thought and feeling, you also create a receptive space to the experiences of others.

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Self-Compassion Could Be the Secret to Stopping Imposter Syndrome You've Been Looking For

Self-Compassion Could Be the Secret to Stopping Imposter Syndrome You've Been Looking For | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it
Self-compassion involves recalibrating your internal voice from one that might be nagging or critical to one that is forgiving and understanding. It is also a great reminder that everyone messes up at some point, and failure isn't the worst thing that can happen. Strengthening self-compassion can reduce the fear of failure and derail self-doubt.
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 Self Empathy, by Marshall Rosenberg

A second sample of the DVDs box presenting 22 hours worshops facilitated by Marshall Rosenberg during Intensive International Trainings. This sample is about Self Empathy.

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TED Talk. Self-Compassion vs Self-esteem – Dr Kristin Neff.

TED Talk. Self-Compassion vs Self-esteem – Dr Kristin Neff. | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it
In contrast to self-esteem, self-compassion is not based on self-evaluations.

People feel compassion for themselves because all human beings deserve compassion and understanding, not because they possess some particular set of traits (pretty, smart, talented, and so on).

This means that with self-compassion, you don’t have to feel better than others to feel good about yourself.
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(Self-Compassion) Are Fears Of Self-Compassion Holding You Back?

(Self-Compassion) Are Fears Of Self-Compassion Holding You Back? | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it
Research suggests that fears of self-compassion can get in the way of growth. Developing compassion can help to facilitate change. Read a comprehensive overview here.

 

Self-compassion is a core aspect of self-care, and goes along with being able to be kind and curious toward oneself, rather than harsh and blaming. Arguably, feeling kind and nurturing toward oneself should be the rule and not the exception, gentle yet firm while holding oneself responsible, self-engaged and positive while self-governing, and generally upbeat and interested in learning and growth when life presents challenges, and relaxed and receptive when things are going well.

 

Compassion for others is essential for creating a social environment where warmth and collaboration set the stage for constructive navigation of conflict, and more enjoyable time together when things are going smoothly. Whether related to personal growth in general, or as a factor which can impede or facilitate psychotherapy in particular, compassion for others and oneself, and fears of compassion, are important to identify and work on in order to enjoy solid results.

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The Science of Self-Compassion***

The Science of Self-Compassion*** | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it
The Science of Self-Compassion. Looking for some science on self-compassion?
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Self-Empathy: Healing from the Inside Out

Self-Empathy: Healing from the Inside Out | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it

Developing a consistent Self-empathy practice is the single most healing thing I've ever done for myself. It has allowed me to heal old, negative beliefs that used to sabotage my ability to enjoy intimate and loving relationships, and to uncover and express the eatergr Truth of me. Every relationship, friendship, and interaction with others has benefitted as a result."
– Mary Mackenzie

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Why Self-empathy is so important & how to practice self-empathy

Delighted to share my conversation with empathy expert Mimi Nicklin. A wonderful, insightful conversation covering both the basics of what self-empathy really is, and more practical specifics about how and why we can practice it in our daily lives.
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Mindful Self-Compassion Training

Mindful Self-Compassion Training | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it
Teaching the Mindful self-Compassion 9 week programme

After successfully completing the Mindful self-compassion teacher training with Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer– the wonderful world renowned founders and creators of theMindful self-compassion programme at Bangor University, I was one of the very first cohort of European teachers trained to teach the 8 week course.


The programme is gathering momentum world- wide and I am so proud to be offering  training programmes in the UK. The programme is now being translated into 10 languages!

 

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Self-Compassion Can Help Prevent Re-Victimization

Self-Compassion Can Help Prevent Re-Victimization | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it

Recent research in the neurobiology of compassion as it relates to shame has revealed new information about the neural plasticity of the brain—the capacity of our brains to grow new neurons and new synaptic connections. According to these studies, we can proactively repair (and re-pair) old shame memories with new experiences of self-empathy and self-compassion. (Longe, etal 2010).

The Practice of Self-Compassion

Learning to practice self-compassion is not an easy task. It takes practice. It can be extremely difficult to learn to provide compassion to yourself especially if you have never been the recipient of compassion. Many of you reading this article may have never received healing compassion, not even from your closest friends. And many of you grew up with a lack of compassion in your family. Instead of family members showing kindness, concern and compassion for one another, you may have only witnessed and experienced criticism, fault finding and complaints. 

 

Beverly Engel

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The Self in Empathy: Self-empathy #1

The Self in Empathy: Self-empathy #1 | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it

This article is the first in a series on the notion and practice of Self-Empathy by Katherine Train Lidewij Niezink

This article is the first in a series on the notion and practice of Self-Empathy by Katherine Train & Lidewij Niezink

When most people think of empathy, they think of empathizing with someone else. No wonder, considering the many circumstances, in both personal and work life, where you find yourself caught between people or groups of people, expecting you to ‘understand’. ..

The first step to empathy is self-empathy

But when you are feeling challenged and misunderstood yourself, empathizing with someone else is difficult. And if you are not aware of your own inner experience, emotional- and mental state, how can you be sure that that which you perceive to be part of the other, is not rather a projection of your own self upon them? That is why the first step towards empathizing with someone else is to empathize with yourself (Barrett-Lennard, 1997).

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Self-empathy with ethical responsibility and centredness #3

Self-empathy with ethical responsibility and centredness #3 | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it

This article is the third in a series on the notion and practice of Self-Empathy by Katherine Train & Lidewij Niezink

Ethical exploration and agreement

Working with others to provide an encouraging presence or a healing space requires providing a conducive environment for the person you are working with or caring for. This helps them to get in touch with themselves and how they think, feel and do things. Equally, transforming yourself in response to the person you are working with requires creating a space conducive for you to explore more about yourself.

 

This too, is self-empathy. You are encouraged to be in touch with your experiences and this includes how you think, feel and do things in your work context.

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Suspending judgment in Self-empathy #4

Suspending judgment in Self-empathy #4 | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it

This article is the fourth in a series on the notion and practice of Self-Empathy byLidewij Niezink & Katherine Train

Judgment is a function of our belief system. Our context elicits thoughts and emotions which we experience internally and then give meaning to, linking it to the belief system we have in place. In other words, emotions and cognitions shape our beliefs.

 

Our beliefs also filter the perspective we have on any given situation. Because we believe in right and wrong we judge certain events or behaviours to be either right or wrong. In this way, judgment prevents us from being open to the range of possibilities with which we can experience life. This is why there is such an emphasis on suspending judgment in (self-)empathy. Suspending judgment means that for the time being, you lay aside your own views and values in order to enter the inner and outer world without prejudice.

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Understanding Self Compassion –

Understanding Self Compassion – | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it
Are you your own worst enemy? It is very rare for depression to exist without a certain amount of ‘self-bullying’. Depression is a bully, and it preys on and reinforces the habit of self-bullying. To beat depression, you need to sort your inner bully out! Self-compassion is a skill that you can learn and practice without having to actually ‘believe’ it at first – we can train our minds to bring greater compassion to all our thoughts and feelings.

Here are 3 main elements of self – compassion

Self Kindness Vs. Self Judgement – When we as people treat ourselves with more respect and warmth, compared to self-criticism and unrealistic expectations, we can then have a greater understanding and sympathy for our own realities and emotions.
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Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook 

This science-based workbook by Drs. Kristin Neff and Chris Germer offers a step-by-step approach to breaking free of harsh self-judgments and impossible standards in order to cultivate emotional well-being.

 

The workbook includes thought-provoking exercises, meditations you can do on your own at home or as a supplement to the 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion program.

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(Self-Empathy) Self-Compassion vs Self-esteem – Dr Kristin Neff.

(Self-Empathy) Self-Compassion vs Self-esteem – Dr Kristin Neff. | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it
In contrast to self-esteem, self-compassion is not based on self-evaluations.

People feel compassion for themselves because all human beings deserve compassion and understanding, not because they possess some particular set of traits (pretty, smart, talented, and so on).

This means that with self-compassion, you don’t have to feel better than others to feel good about yourself.
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Daily Self-Empathy Practice: Audio

Daily Self-Empathy Practice: Audio | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it
Want to expand your needs vocabulary, and build your capacity to identify needs — even when you’ve been triggered? Check out Mary’s powerful teaching on Self-Empathy.

 
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Why Self-Compassion Beats Self-Confidence

Why Self-Compassion Beats Self-Confidence | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it
Confidence may be overrated.

 

We live in a culture that reveres self-confidence and self-assuredness, but as it turns out, there may be a better approach to success and personal development: self-compassion. While self-confidence makes you feel better about your abilities, it can also lead you to vastly overestimate those abilities.

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Self-compassion, on the other hand, encourages you to acknowledge your flaws and limitations, allowing you to look at yourself from a more objective and realistic point of view. Both have merits, but many experts believe that self-compassion includes the advantages of self-confidence without the drawbacks.

 

By KRISTIN WONGDEC. 28, 2017

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How to Help Teens Become More Self-Compassionate

How to Help Teens Become More Self-Compassionate | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it
During a self-compassion meditation, I sensed Leslie shifting uncomfortably in her seat. She breathed heavily from time to time. But when the meditation ended, her face had changed; the anger and resistance had dissolved and tears were rolling down her cheeks.

 

Through her sobs, Leslie explained that she didn’t want to be here, that all her friends were together at a football game and her mom made her come to this class. We breathed with her during her story and welcomed her tidal wave of emotions. In the course, we always allow emotions to be present, no matter how overwhelming, in an effort to help teens learn how to deal with them.

 

By KAREN BLUTH

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