Deep Cuts: Kryptonite for the Inner Critic | Kristin Neff

Ten Percent Happier
August 21, 2023
Deep Cuts: Kryptonite for the Inner Critic | Kristin Neff
Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris

The scientific case for self-compassion and why it doesn’t have to lead to passivity, self absorption, or cheesiness.

Kristin Neff, Ph.D is an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. She’s the author of the book Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself and Fierce Self-Compassion: How Women Can Harness Kindness to Speak Up, Claim Their Power, and Thrive.

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In this episode we talk about:

- How Kristin first got into meditation and why she was drawn to the practice of compassion
- How, paradoxically, self-compassion actually makes us less focused on ourselves
- The three components of self-compassion
- One of the big blockers for men in practicing self-compassion
- What self-compassion is and isn’t
- How research shows that self-compassion is a trainable skill
- Whether we actually need the internal cattle prod to get ahead
- Being kind to yourself even when you notice prejudice coming up in your mind
- And how men and women deal with shame differently

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