Saturday, August 27, 2016

More on the Value of Self-Compassion

Research indicates that cultivating self-compassion can contribute to beneficial physical, emotional-mental, and interpersonal changes, such as:

  • Modulates hormonal functioning, especially of oxytocin and cortisol
  • Reduces the intensity and frequency of negative and chronic stress reactions
  • Copes with difficult emotional experiences
  • Moderates depression and anxiety
  • Increases emotional well being
  • Mitigates negative thinking, including rumination
  • Improves interpersonal relationships
  • Enhances patience, generosity, gratitude, acceptance, humility, openness, and gentleness
--From the Chopra Center

Excerpted and edited from "A Fearless Heart" by Thupten Jinpa, PhD:

1) ... self-compassion is totally different from narcissistic self-absorption. Truly self-compassionate people take care of themselves while being attentive to the feelings and needs of those around them.

2)  Self-compassion should not be confused with self-pity, either. ... Self-pity is a form of self-absorption, whereas self-compassion allows us to see our difficulties within the larger context of shared human experience.

3) Self-compassion is not self-gratification. ... Self-compassion is not an impulse to "treat ourselves," though sometimes, mindfully and upon reflection, we may decide to have a treat.

4) ...self-compassion is not the same as self-esteem.  With self compassion, we relate to ourselves, especially our struggles and failures, with understanding, kindness, and acceptance. ... Self-esteem is self-regard based on self-evaluation.

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