Self-Compassion: An Alternative Conceptualization of a Healthy Attitude Toward Oneself

  title={Self-Compassion: An Alternative Conceptualization of a Healthy Attitude Toward Oneself},
  author={Kristin D. Neff},
  journal={Self and Identity},
  pages={101 - 85}
  • K. Neff
  • Published 1 April 2003
  • Psychology
  • Self and Identity
This article defines and examines the construct of self-compassion. Self-compassion entails three main components: (a) self-kindness—being kind and understanding toward oneself in instances of pain or failure rather than being harshly self-critical, (b) common humanity—perceiving one's experiences as part of the larger human experience rather than seeing them as separating and isolating, and (c) mindfulness—holding painful thoughts and feelings in balanced awareness rather than over-identifying… 

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