Kristin Neff, Ph.D., is an associate professor in human development and culture at the University of Texas, Austin, and the author of Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind (William Morrow, 2011).
Learn more about her work, take a test of how self-compassionate you are, and discover exercises for boosting self-compassion by visiting her website.
Stories by Kristin Neff
Articles: The Five Myths of Self-CompassionBy Kristin Neff | September 30, 2015
Kristin Neff tackles the misconceptions that stop us from being kinder to ourselves.
Videos and Podcasts: Overcoming Objections to Self-CompassionBy Kristin Neff | October 23, 2014
Kristin Neff considers—and rebuts—some of the main objections to treating yourself with kindness.
Videos and Podcasts: The Three Components of Self-CompassionBy Kristin Neff | October 21, 2014
Kristin Neff, the world’s leading researcher of self-compassion and founder of the Mindful Self-Compassion program, explains the core features of self-compassion.
Videos and Podcasts: How Does Mindfulness Help Cultivate Self-Compassion?By Kristin Neff | October 8, 2013
Author and psychologist Kristin Neff explains how self-awareness can help us to identify and alleviate pain and distress within ourselves.
Videos and Podcasts: Kristin Neff on Self-Compassion for Educators, Part 2By Kristin Neff | July 2, 2013
Part 2 of a workshop by pioneering self-compassion researcher Kristin Neff, given July 2, 2013, at the first annual Greater Good Science Center Summer Institute for Educators.
Videos and Podcasts: Kristin Neff on Self-Compassion for Educators, Part 1By Kristin Neff | July 2, 2013
Part 1 of a workshop by pioneering self-compassion researcher Kristin Neff, given July 2, 2013, at the first annual Greater Good Science Center Summer Institute for Educators.
Slide Presentation: Self-Compassion and Emotional ResilienceBy Kristin Neff | March 23, 2012
Kristin Neff's presentation on the science, practice, and benefits of self-compassion.
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