self-compassion

Publication Title: 
Behavior Therapy

OBJECTIVE: Scientific research into compassion has burgeoned over the past 20 years and interventions aiming to cultivate compassion towards self and others have been developed. This meta-analysis examined the effects of compassion-based interventions on a range of outcome measures. METHOD: Twenty-one randomized controlled trials (RCTs) from the last 12 years were included in the meta-analysis, with data from 1,285 participants analyzed.

Author(s): 
Kirby, James N.
Tellegen, Cassandra L.
Steindl, Stanley R.
Publication Title: 
Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy

Self-compassion is increasingly explored as a protective factor in relation to psychopathology. The Self-Compassion Scale (SCS) and its Short Form variant (SCS-SF) are the most widely used instruments for measuring this psychological construct, and previous studies have indeed shown that the total score of this scale is negatively associated with psychopathology.

Author(s): 
Muris, Peter
Petrocchi, Nicola
Publication Title: 
Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy

Self-criticism is a vulnerability risk factor for a number of psychological disorders, and it predicts poor response to psychological and pharmacological treatments. In the current study, we evaluated the efficacy of a loving-kindness meditation (LKM) programme designed to increase self-compassion in a sample of self-critical individuals. Thirty-eight individuals with high scores on the self-critical perfectionism subscale of the Dysfunctional Attitude Scale were randomized to an LKM condition (n?=?19) or a wait-list (WL) condition (n?=?19).

Author(s): 
Shahar, Ben
Szsepsenwol, Ohad
Zilcha-Mano, Sigal
Haim, Netalee
Zamir, Orly
Levi-Yeshuvi, Simi
Levit-Binnun, Nava
Publication Title: 
Journal of Clinical Psychology

Self-compassion is conceptualized as containing 3 core components: self-kindness versus self-judgment, common humanity versus isolation, and mindfulness versus overidentification, when relating to painful experiences. Research evidence demonstrates that self-compassion is related to psychological flourishing and reduced psychopathology. Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an 8-week training program, meeting 2.5 hours each week, designed to help participants cultivate self-compassion.

Author(s): 
Germer, Christopher K.
Neff, Kristin D.
Publication Title: 
Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin

Four studies investigated the relationship between self-compassion, health behaviors, and reactions to illness. Participants completed measures of self-compassion, health-related thoughts and feelings, reactions to actual and hypothetical illnesses, and self-regulation. Study 1 revealed that self-compassion was related to health-related cognitions and affect for healthy and unhealthy participants. In Study 2, self-compassion predicted participants' reactions to actual illnesses beyond the influence of illness severity and other predictors of health behaviors.

Author(s): 
Terry, Meredith L.
Leary, Mark R.
Mehta, Sneha
Henderson, Kelly
Publication Title: 
AIDS care

The aims of this study were to examine differences in self-schemas between persons living with HIV/AIDS with and without depressive symptoms, and the degree to which these self-schemas predict depressive symptoms in this population. Self-schemas are beliefs about oneself and include self-esteem, HIV symptom management self-efficacy, and self-compassion. Beck's cognitive theory of depression guided the analysis of data from a sample of 1766 PLHIV from the USA and Puerto Rico. Sixty-five percent of the sample reported depressive symptoms. These symptoms were significantly (p ?

Author(s): 
Eller, L. S.
Rivero-Mendez, M.
Voss, J.
Chen, W.-T.
Chaiphibalsarisdi, P.
Iipinge, S.
Johnson, M. O.
Portillo, C. J.
Corless, I. B.
Sullivan, K.
Tyer-Viola, L.
Kemppainen, J.
Rose, C. Dawson
Sefcik, E.
Nokes, K.
Phillips, J. C.
Kirksey, K.
Nicholas, P. K.
Wantland, D.
Holzemer, W. L.
Webel, A. R.
Brion, J. M.
Publication Title: 
Psychotherapy Research: Journal of the Society for Psychotherapy Research

OBJECTIVE: Despite an increasing recognition of the relevance and significance of self-compassion processes, little research has explored interventions that seek to enhance these in therapy. In this study, we examined the compassionate self-soothing task of emotion-focused therapy involving two-chair work, with seven clients. METHOD: Conversation analysis was used to examine client-therapst interaction.

Author(s): 
Sutherland, Olga
Per‰kyl‰, Anssi
Elliott, Robert
Publication Title: 
Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy

Self-criticism is a vulnerability risk factor for a number of psychological disorders, and it predicts poor response to psychological and pharmacological treatments. In the current study, we evaluated the efficacy of a loving-kindness meditation (LKM) programme designed to increase self-compassion in a sample of self-critical individuals. Thirty-eight individuals with high scores on the self-critical perfectionism subscale of the Dysfunctional Attitude Scale were randomized to an LKM condition (n?=?19) or a wait-list (WL) condition (n?=?19).

Author(s): 
Shahar, Ben
Szsepsenwol, Ohad
Zilcha-Mano, Sigal
Haim, Netalee
Zamir, Orly
Levi-Yeshuvi, Simi
Levit-Binnun, Nava
Publication Title: 
Journal of Clinical Psychology

OBJECTIVE: The present study investigated the effectiveness of a newly developed 3-week self-compassion group intervention for enhancing resilience and well-being among female college students. METHOD: Fifty-two students were randomly assigned to either an intervention designed to teach skills of self-compassion (n = 27) or an active control group intervention in which general time management skills were taught (n = 25). Both interventions comprised 3 group meetings held over 3 weeks.

Author(s): 
Smeets, Elke
Neff, Kristin
Alberts, Hugo
Peters, Madelon
Publication Title: 
Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy

The relationship between mindfulness and self-compassion is explored in the health care literature, with a corollary emphasis on reducing stress in health care workers and providing compassionate patient care. Health care professionals are particularly vulnerable to stress overload and compassion fatigue due to an emotionally exhausting environment. Compassion fatigue among caregivers in turn has been associated with less effective delivery of care. Having compassion for others entails self-compassion.

Author(s): 
Raab, Kelley

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