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.
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.
A new study teases out the different benefits of four kinds of meditation.
Self-criticism and low self-worth can hold us back. Here’s how to start banishing those negative beliefs.
These research-based practices can help kids (and adults) foster authentic happiness.
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- "Gratitude and Prosocial Behavior"
Finds that feeling gratitude produces kind and helpful behavior, even when that behavior is costly to the individual actor.
- "Compassion: An Evolutionary Analysis and Empirical Review"
Compassion evolved as a distinct affective experience whose function is to enable cooperation and protection of those who...
- "From Jerusalem to Jericho"
This article on bystander intervention in emergency situations suggests that we are likely to help a “shabbily dressed”...
- Jeffrey J. Froh’s Laboratory for Gratitude in Youth
Learn more about one of the leading researchers of gratitude.
- Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude
The GGSC’s new project which aims to expand the scientific database of gratitude and promote practices of gratitude in...
- The Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness
The Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness, co-directed by Robert A. Emmons and Michael E. McCullough, is a...
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