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An introduction to self-compassion

Gabrielle Lis

A look at the emerging evidence on a meditation-based approach that promises relief from depression, anxiety and rumination.

Be kind to yourself isn’t a ground-breaking idea. However, deliberately cultivating self-compassion to reduce depression and help people cope with pain and emotional distress is a reasonably new approach in therapy and self-care. This article provides a brief introduction to self-compassion, and surveys some of the research in this emerging field. What is self-compassion? According to Dr Kristin Neff, the researcher who has championed the...

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